‘Can’ you rise to a charity challenge?

Charlie Reeves, aged six, who has been collecting tins for The Brick for months
Charlie Reeves, aged six, who has been collecting tins for The Brick for months

Schools and youth groups are being urged to take part in a Tin Sculpture Challenge – to help make sure no child in Wigan is going hungry this summer.

The competition is the brainchild of homeless charity The Brick, Wigan Warriors and Houses for Homes, and aims to get people to be creative while also collecting cans of food to help feed hundreds of families throughout the school holidays.

Last years Tin Sculpture Challenge winner - Bulldoze Hunger

Last years Tin Sculpture Challenge winner - Bulldoze Hunger

Brick chief executive officer Kathleen Pitt said: “It’s hard to believe that in Wigan today many children and families go hungry. We want to ensure that every child going to bed at night does not go to bed hungry.

“The Brick’s Food Bank historically suffers from a lack of food in the summer months and this is when the food is most needed. Children are not receiving school meals during school holidays and some families just don’t have the means to ensure that their children have three meals every day.

“This year, we are anticipating an even busier summer period, but we are confident that the Tin Sculpture Challenge will be even bigger and better.”

The challenge, now in its third year, has seen can creations from bulldozers and robots to school emblems and business logos.

The Brick’s Food Bank historically suffers from a lack of food in the summer months and this is when the food is most needed

Kathleen Pitt

To enter the competition organisations need to come up with a design idea, collect tins, construct their sculpture and then send a photo of it into The Brick.

The deadline is June 23, then there will be a public vote on The Brick’s Facebook page between June 30 and July 7. Winners will be notified the week of July 10, and the tins used for the sculptures will be donated to families in the borough.

One youngster, Charlie Reeves, from St Patrick’s School, Scholes, has been collecting tins for months for The Brick and wants to encourage other school children to get involved.

The six-year-old said: “I want to help make sure that other children don’t go hungry, so I have been collecting tins and other foods from family and friends, I hope other people do too.”

The challenge is supported by Wigan Athletic Community Trust, Wigan Warriors Community Foundation, Wigan Youth Zone and Timpsons, with prizes including an activity evening at the Youth Zone, Latics match day tickets and stadium tour, A day the Wigan Way with the Warriors foundation and trophies from Timpsons.

To enter contact giving@thebrick.org.uk.