Students and staff at East Norfolk Sixth Form College, moved by the plight of the thousands of refugees seeking to escape conflict and persecution in their own countries, have pledged their support.

The college responded to an appeal for specific items to be collected and then sent to Calais.

Having been moved by the images on the news bulletins about the deplorable living conditions for thousands of people, and the growing humanitarian crisis, staff and students were invited to make any contribution they could to help.

The response to the appeal was phenomenal with staff, students and members of the public donating items of clothing, tents, shoes, candles and countless other much needed items.

Student Welfare Coordinator, Lisa Osborne, said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the response; I was expecting to be able to donate a few bags, but we’ve already taken five car loads over and donations are still coming in. It’s turned into a real community effort. As well as the donations from here at the College, we’ve also received several contributions from members of the local community. The situation with the refugees is heartbreaking, so it’s nice to be able to do something to help, however small.”

Anyone wishing to donate to this appeal should contact Val McCurdy through the Facebook group Refugee Support in Lowestoft and North Suffolk.

Photo shows members of the Student Association helping to sort the items ready for dispatch to Calais.

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