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Kindness of Haverhill students provides cheer to Syrian refugees




Two students from Castle Manor Academy in Haverhill have been praised for spreading some cheer to children who have fled the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Cassandra Barbosa and Amelia Thomas organised a collection of toys, bears, games and books before handing them out as Christmas presents to the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme in Cambridge.

Their tutor, Paul Gardiner, said: “Cassie and Amelia are two students that truly embody our school vision of working hard and being kind.

“This gesture from them will go a long way to making many young people very happy in a situation that could undoubtedly be terrifying and intimidating.”

Castle Manor Academy students Cassandra Barbosa and Amelia Thomas, with their tutor Paul Gardiiner, right, and head teacher Vanessa Whitcombe and the presents (6366810)
Castle Manor Academy students Cassandra Barbosa and Amelia Thomas, with their tutor Paul Gardiiner, right, and head teacher Vanessa Whitcombe and the presents (6366810)

The girls raised awareness in the school community and were able to collect 35 presents which they wrapped and donated.

Headteacher Vanessa Whitcombe said: “Our young eople always amaze me and they were driven to do this project completely by themselves.

“With the support of their form tutor it has been a huge success.

“We are very proud of them.”

The resettlement scheme is managed by Cambridge City Council on behalf of the Home Office and has now seen more than 100 families helped.



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