School’s Incredible Response to Refugee Appeal

From left to right, members of the Charities Committee: Tom Madden; Luke Dennis; Cameron Maguire; Jasmin-Ann Thomson; Heidi Faux-Whitehead; Emily Fitzpatrick and Kai Mumford.

From left to right, members of the Charities Committee:
Tom Madden; Luke Dennis; Cameron Maguire; Jasmin-Ann Thomson; Heidi Faux-Whitehead; Emily Fitzpatrick and Kai Mumford.

On Wednesday 23rd September, Test Valley School sent a large donation of collected goods and clothing for refugees fleeing Syria and other war torn countries. The School had been collecting donations of men’s clothing, tents and sleeping bags for the past week and a half following an appeal from a parent who is travelling to a refugee camp to help out on the 26th and 27th September.

Each year a number of pupils form a Charities Committee and as soon as they heard about the appeal they set to work talking to pupils and staff and giving assemblies. With only just over a week to collect donations they were unsure of the response that they would receive. However, all expectations were exceeded and on Wednesday morning they were pleased to be handing over 20 tents, 14 sleeping bags, as well as numerous blankets, bags of clothing and shoes.

The response to the appeal demonstrates the strong sense of community we value at our school. Louisa Hiscock (Headteacher) said:

‘We were delighted to be able to support this and, as always, I am so pleased at how pupils and staff rallied to this humanitarian cause.’