Pupils do their bit to help Syrian refugees

Published on: Monday, 05-October-2015

Kind hearted children and families at a primary school in Halewood have been busy collecting essentials to help refugees.

The children at Holy Family RC Primary School in Halewood told teachers they wanted to do something to help refugees after the topic was discussed at Circle Time. Children from Holy Family Primary in Halewood with the donations they have collected for refugees

The school were then invited by their Parish Priest, Father Vin McShane from Holy Family Church, to help collect essentials to make life a bit more bearable for families fleeing conflict zones.

With help and encouragement from the pupils, donations of food, bedding, clothes, nappies, toothpaste, toothbrushes, baby wipes, soap and shower gel have come pouring into school as well as toys, games and books for displaced refugee children. All the donations are being collected by the church and given to a local refugee appeal centre for distribution to those in need.

In fact the response from the local community has been so overwhelming that teachers and pupils have been really touched by the generosity of local people.

Head teacher Gillian Holland said: “We have discussed the issue of refugees with the children very carefully and sensitively. Of course it is an issue which is all over the news and the children are very aware that there are little boys and girls in the world who aren’t as lucky as they are. They naturally want to do what they can to help.

“Since we got involved with the church appeal people have been brilliant, and the amount of donations we’ve had into school has really surpassed what we expected. It has been a wonderful response to such a worthy cause.
“The children have even been bringing in toys, games and books to donate because they are so keen to show the refugee children some kindness and do something real to help. It’s lovely because the children really understand what they are donating for. They’ve shown great empathy for the plight of the refugee families and it has enabled them to share their thoughts about the wars taking place in the world.”

The school collection has been coordinated by Learning Mentor Diane Reeves with the help of the school council. Special thanks also goes to Ronnie Smith, Eva Foster, Erin Marquis-Slator and Isaac Crossland for their hard work.

Cllr Gary See, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said: “Well done to everyone at Holy Family. The children and families have shown such kindness and generosity to help others in need and I’m sure their donations will be very much appreciated by those who receive them.”

PHOTO: Children from Holy Family Primary in Halewood with the donations they have collected for refugees.