Green-fingered pupil digs deep for foodbank

A generous Leigh pupil used his skill at growing vegetables to help those on the breadline by donating some of his bumper crop to a foodbank.

Liam McCreesh, eight, did so well with the spuds at Leigh Neighbours’ community garden that he decided to give a bag full of goods to Atherton and Leigh Foodbank.

I’m happy that I’ve been able to help others less fortunate than me

Liam McCreesh

The kind-hearted pupil at St Joseph’s RC Primary School staked his claim a small plot at the Gordon Street green space and got his crops planted with some help from Leigh Neighbours board member Christine Farnworth.

Liam said: “I’d tried growing potatoes last summer but to be honest they didn’t do very well at all. But I like to try new things and I love a challenge so I decided to try again this summer and I’m really pleased with how well the potatoes have done.

“I’m very grateful to Christine for helping me, and I’m happy that I’ve been able to help others less fortunate than me.”

Ms Farnworth said: “People of all ages in the area have taken the garden to their heart and it’s wonderful to see it being put to such good use by young people.

“When Liam approached me to ask about using a plot in the garden, I was struck by how dedicated he was. He definitely has a feel for gardening and shows real promise.”

Warren Done, who founded the organisation giving emergency food parcels out to families and individuals struggling to make ends meet, paid glowing tribute to Liam’s generosity.

Mr Done said: “Many thanks to Liam for remembering us and thinking about those families in the community who struggle to put a meal on the table for their kids.

“All donations are gratefully received, but none more so than those which have been lovingly cultivated by local people.

“It just goes to show what a difference we can all make, especially if we take a leaf out of Liam’s book.”

Liam is now planning to use the project to apply for a Blue Peter badge concerning the environment.