Cambridge Regional College fuelling exam performance healthily with fruit donations from local supermarkets

Regional branches of both Tesco and Waitrose have provided Cambridge Regional College with free boxes of fruit this month to energise students sitting their exams and promote healthy food choices.

Sitting exams is a stressful time for students all over the country. With multiple tests, often long in duration and all demanding full concentration, it is easy to see why many are tempted to reach for a product full of sugar, such as a chocolate bar or energy drink, to keep themselves going and optimise performance. 

Not all students are able to have breakfast at home, but as it is the most important meal of the day, Cambridge Regional College were keen to offer students a healthy option and approached local supermarket branches about the possibility of receiving a fruit donation. Tesco obliged and in total have supplied 2 boxes of loose bananas, a box of apples and a box of easy peelers oranges for students sitting English and Maths exams. Waitrose have also donated a large crate of bananas.

Emma Dullingham, Tesco Milton Community Champion, said “When we were contacted by Cambridge Regional College about providing some fruit boxes for students sitting exams we were more than happy to help. We understand breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we are delighted to contribute to students in the local region performing to the best of their abilities”.

Nick Abbell, Waitrose Cambridge Branch Manager, said, “We are very pleased to be able to help local students at Cambridge Regional College stay healthy and energised during exam time”.

There is also a long-term benefit from promoting fruit as a go-to source of energy in young people. Researchers from the University of Oxford found in a 2017 study that over 30,000 deaths per year could be avoided dietary behaviours improved. The research goes on to predict that number could be cut in half if there was an increased consumption of fruit and vegetables in the UK. Getting young people into the habit of eating fruit for a burst of energy therefore, can only be a good thing.  

Cassandra Webb, Cambridge Regional College Programme Manager for English, said, “We are extremely thankful that both Tesco and Waitrose were willing to give a fruit donation for the benefit of our students sitting their exams. At Cambridge Regional College we want to provide personal growth for all our students, both educationally and in everyday life. We are delighted help our students stay energised and be able to do so in a healthy way”.

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