A SCHOOL has been chosen as a finalist for the North West as part of the annual Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Awards.

If it wins, the breakfast club at Haslingden Primary School will receive a £1,000 cash prize, plus a special party pack to help them celebrate.

Around 30 children attend the breakfast club at Haslingden Primary every morning before school. During the first lockdown, the breakfast club stayed open for keyworker and vulnerable families and provided food parcels to the homes of families who needed support.

Since September, the school now runs two breakfast clubs to ensure children are prepared for a day of learning, whilst adhering to government guidelines.

Natalie McMahon, School Business Manager at Haslingden Primary School said: “If we’re lucky enough to win the award for Best Breakfast Club in the North West we’ll spend the prize money on helping us to open a third provision to support more families whilst guidance limits group size.

"We would also look into providing a ‘grab and go’ breakfast for our vulnerable pupils who arrive late to school and may not have had the most important meal to start their day!”

The aim of this year’s Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Awards is to recognise schools all over the UK for the incredible role they have played to educate and safeguard children throughout this pandemic.

Kate Prince, Kellogg’s corporate social responsibility manager for the UK and Ireland, said: “Breakfast clubs like the one at Haslingden Primary School play a vital role in society.

"Thanks to the staff’s dedication, they support working parents, feed hungry children and offer opportunities to increase informal learning with activities and socialisation."

Breakfast clubs are particularly poignant as parents on low incomes have been hit hard by lockdowns before free school meal schemes were organised.