Sir Thomas Boteler pupils visit Downing Street

Pupils from Sir Thomas Boteler CE High School met Prime Minister David Cameron to call for action to tackle global hunger.

Pupils from Sir Thomas Boteler CE High School in Warrington joined ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ supporter, David Walliams, to meet Prime Minister David Cameron and call for action to tackle global hunger.

The Prime Minister was presented with specially crafted plates from each of the children, representing more than 30,000 plates that have been decorated by school children across the UK. The plea came ahead of the G8 meeting in Northern Ireland later in the month and the Nutrition for Growth Summit that the UK Government hosted this year.

David Walliams joined the children, chosen as one of 21 schools, in support of the ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ campaign, to show the Prime Minister that they are calling for action to tackle the global hunger crisis that is responsible for almost half of child deaths every year.

Around the world one in eight people do not have enough food to eat and nearly one in 4 children under the age of 5 are also affected by poor nutrition, leaving them unable to reach their full potential.

15 year old Lucy Meakin from Sir Thomas Boteler CE High School was one of the lucky pupils to make the trip to the capital. She said: “It was a great experience today. This was a really good opportunity for us to make our point  to the Prime Minister directly. He seemed very passionate about the issue of making sure that children everywhere have enough food.”

Mrs Henesey, Head of Sir Thomas Boteler CE High School said: “This was only the first part of our plans to help children less well off than those in this country. At our Boteler Out Loud Music Event on the 12th July our pupils will be selling the very popular IF wrist bands to raise money and awareness of World Hunger which is on the Agenda for the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. Primary schools and their parents can find out more about this at the Music festival and I feel sure they too will lend their voices to such a worthy cause.”

Urging the Prime Minister to build ambitiously on existing commitments to nutrition programmes at upcoming summits, David Walliams, who is also a Comic Relief Honorary Trustee and UNICEF UK supporter said:

“Now is the time for our Government to go further and show the rest of the world’s leaders that we’re serious about ending global hunger and poor nutrition. As part of my work for Comic Relief I’ve seen first-hand the devastating impact that hunger and malnutrition have on children, denying them the opportunity to grow, play and learn. Bold action at the Nutrition for Growth event would truly change children’s lives.”

David Bull, IF spokesperson, added: “Investing in nutrition is not only the right thing to do for millions of children and their families, its also one of the most cost-effective ways to break the cycle of poverty and is critical in order to help countries develop and prosper. For the millions of people who still go to bed hungry every night, it’s vital that we take action now. We welcome the lead the Prime Minister is taking by drawing attention to this crisis and look forward to seeing real financial commitment in the next few weeks.”

Over the next ten days the IF Campaign is asking G8 leaders to tackle the causes of hunger, all of which are well within the G8’s grasp.

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