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Lidl provides fresh fruit to local children during school holidays

Lidl in Selhurst provided hundreds of bags of fresh fruit for children to enjoy at Palace for Life Foundation’s half-term holiday camp, helping children to stay healthy during the school holidays.

The holiday camp ran at Heavers Farm Primary School, just down the road from Selhurst Park, with 60 children aged five to 11 attending each day. Activities ranged from football and tennis to DJing and dance, while children also received a hot, healthy lunch each day that was prepared by the Crystal Palace F.C. chefs.

As well as the fruit, Lidl gifted each child with a lunch bag.

Palace for Life Community Sports Manager Roxanne Bennett said: “Our holiday camp was all about teaching children healthy habits for life and the generous donation of fruit from Lidl was just fantastic and meant we were able to offer a variety of fruit each day for children to pick from. They were also delighted with their lunch bags and proudly hung them on their pegs!”

Mark Newbold, Senior CSR Manager at Lidl GB, said: “We are committed to helping local communities lead healthier lives by making high quality affordable fresh produce easily available. We were delighted to be asked to support and help facilitate this fantastic event and would like to take this opportunity to say well done and thank you to all of those who took part.”

During the holiday camp, children were treated to a video call from Crystal Palace F.C. defender Tyrick Mitchell who chatted to them about his training and the healthy foods he enjoys.

Speaking about the importance of ensuring children have access to food during the school holidays, Mitchell said: “In a lot of areas across London, families rely on free school meals. It might seem like a small thing to some people but it can have a big impact in the long run. It’s a big thing in certain households, children do need that help.”

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