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Barrow Hills school Boosts 'Bags Of Hope' Appeal

Published Tuesday 29th of September 2015 11:16:13 AM

The plight of refugee children fleeing the war in Syria has captured the hearts of pupils at Barrow Hills School and galvanised the entire school community into action by lending its official support to the ‘Bags of Hope’ initiative which was initially started by two Haslemere mothers and now has an operational team of twelve Mums. The School has collected over 200 rucksacks filled with essential items such as clothing, blankets, toiletries; books and toys for the migrant babies and children arriving in Kos and other Greek islands on a regular basis. In addition to collecting the ‘Bags of Hope’, on Friday 25th September the children at the School were raising money to help with transport costs by pledging all monies raised at the parents’ weekly ‘bacon buttie Friday’ sale to the cause together with an afternoon cake sale. The filled rucksacks were collected in the School’s Chapel on Friday 25th September just before Assembly, during which Natasha Davies, one of the main organisers, talked to the whole school about the project which only started a mere 3 weeks ago. The rucksacks were then driven in the School mini bus to the designated collection point in Chiddingfold, by Registrar Pauline McBrown, where they will now be sorted before onward transportation to the George Lambert & Son Ltd storage unit in Fernhurst which is kindly being used free of charge. Ultimately the bags will be shipped in two 20 foot containers to Athens and onwards to the Greek Islands by the end of October. The next few weeks will be spent raising money to pay for the transportation. The fundraising project was spearheaded by sisters Madeleine and Bethany Nugent (Year 8 and 6 respectively) and Jennifer Glover (Year 8), who first heard about the Bags of Hope campaign at Mass in their local parish. The girls approached their Headmaster Matthew Unsworth and suggested the School’s involvement. Mr Unsworth, impressed by the pupils’ compassion and clear commitment to make a difference, immediately sanctioned the idea, with staff keen to volunteer and help coordinate the school-wide response. Emily Mason (Year 6) has also helped with the project. All the girls have done presentations during Friday Assemblies and put up posters around the school to promote this cause. Commenting on the School’s efforts, Headmaster Matthew Unsworth says, “A key strand of the Barrow Hills ethos is to equip children with the ability to have empathy for others, to be kind and to do charitable works. I am immensely proud of the three pupils who inspired the School to play a small part in trying to help those who find themselves in such desperate circumstances. While our hearts go out to anyone involved in the refugee crisis, the pupils particularly wanted to help the women and young children / babies caught up in the conflict, who tend to be congregating in Kos and on other Greek islands. We would urge anyone else in the local community to lend their support this worthy cause.” Further details on the Bags of Hope appeal can be found at http://www.bagofhope.org.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/haslemeregiftofhope https://twitter.com/haslemerehope
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