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Haverhill students show what good ‘citizens’ they are

Castle Manor Academy's Super Citizens and some of the boxes they donated to Action for Children
Castle Manor Academy's Super Citizens and some of the boxes they donated to Action for Children

Castle Manor Academy sixth formers, Bradley Call and Charlie Firman, led a project that helped deliver almost 100 shoeboxes of essential items to young people in need.

The pair led a team of nine, brought together after taking part in the Autumn National Citizen Service programme, as part of which they were encouraged to start a Social Action project that would directly benefit their local community.

Bradley and Charlie hose to help Bury St Edmunds-based charity, Action for Children.

The charity was keen to work with the team and it was decided to focus on its West Suffolk shared housing scheme, which takes in young people aged 16-24 and provides them with basic food and housing.

The plan was to create 15 shoeboxes filled with everyday essentials that others might take for granted from toothpaste to body wash.

The team worked hard to garner local support and quickly managed to amass 25 full boxes from Castle Manor.

They had also contacted others locally and set about extending this total, eventually managing to create 96 boxes as well as four larger hampers to be shared out between every shared house in Suffolk.

Action for Children was thrilled with the donations and believe they have enough boxes to give one to every young person in the Suffolk scheme, as well as have spare for next year.

Bradley said: “We were brought together by our time on the National Citizenship Scheme and it feels great to support a local charity. “Our initial target was to make 15 boxes, so our final total of 96 and four hampers is amazing.”

Vanessa Whitcombe, Head of School at Castle Manor Academy, was congratulatory “The team have done a great job.

“They’ve really exemplified our PROUD values, showing drive and understanding for others. Well done.”

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