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Child hunger having dramatic effect at London schools

A new report released today reveals that child hunger and poverty in London are dramatically affecting children's ability to learn.

More than 80 percent of teachers in London say that children are eating the wrong foods in the morning, and most say they can tell just by watching their behaviour at school.

The report, by charity Magic Breakfast, is part of the 'Feed Their Future' campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the impact of child hunger on education.

The charity's report found that an alarming number of children are not having a healthy breakfast Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

It also found:

  • Over a quarter of London teachers do not believe parents can identify what a nutritious breakfast is
  • Nearly 60% of children also do not know what a nutritious breakfast is
  • 23% of parents living in the city say that food is getting so expensive they have had to cut down on breakfasts
  • Up to 60% of parents let their children eat anything in the morning, just so they eat something

Jilted girlfriend given a Christmas to remember

Zascha Friis Credit: Zascha Friis/Facebook

Until a few days ago, 23-year-old Zascha Friis from High Wycombe was facing a very lonely Christmas. The Danish nanny and part-time student had just broken up with her boyfriend and couldn't afford the £350 flight home to Denmark to spend it with her family.

In order to keep herself busy she put up an advert on social media, asking about any volunteering opportunities over the festive period.

Hundreds of people responded with ideas, but instead of Zascha helping others at Christmas, they decided to help her.

Zascha's post on social media. Credit: Zascha Friis/Facebook

An appeal was started to raise the money for her airfare. Goulam Freed helped organise the collection. Zascha has now raised enough money, but the donations and good will are still flooding in. Goulam will be giving the surplus money to charity.

Watch the ITV News London report on Zascha's Christmas to remember.

Wasps say goodbye to their Wycombe home in style

Wasps fans said goodbye to their team. Credit: PA

Wasps said farewell to their home at Adams Park in Wycombe today with a 44-17 victory over the French side Castres. Wasps are moving to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry after deciding that staying in Wycombe was financially unviable.

Ben Jacobs scores a try during Wasps' win. Credit: PA

The club have been based in or around London for 147 years but announced the decision to move in October. Their next game will be against London Irish next Sunday.


Shoppers urged to save their cash for 'Buy Nothing Day'

Credit: Buy Nothing Day

Today is 'Buy Nothing Day,' and a campaign is challenging consumers to refrain from splashing their cash for 24 hours.

The campaign aims to encourage people to 'switch off from shopping and tune into life.' It also wants to get people to consider the ethical and environmental consequences of consumerism. For more information visit the 'Buy Nothing Day' website.

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