03:41PM, Monday 16 May 2016
More than 300 hygiene packs containing items such as toothbrushes, combs, baby wipes and deodorant have been sent to refugees by students.
Furze Platt Senior School pupils have been working with Through Refugee Relief, a charity that sends kits to refugees, after looking at practical ways to help.
More than 300 kits were sent off on Friday which contained messages of encouragement and best wishes from the students.
Tanya White, headteacher, said: “Many of the students at Furze Platt have been moved by the plight of the large number of refugees living in appalling conditions in ‘The Jungle’ in Calais, and the other camps on the French coast. After we reflected on this in our new year assembly we have been looking for practical ways to help.
“I am exceptionally proud at what we have achieved. Our students have been such empathetic and organised citizens that we managed to provide 300 packs. The packs were collected on Friday and will very soon be in Calais.
“The charity were extremely grateful for the fantastic effort and the care and commitment shown by our young people.”
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