STUDENTS at Morpeth’s high school have dug deep to support a housing and homelessness charity.
Assemblies and Power Point presentations on plasma screens were used to broaden modern foreign language pupils’ appreciation of the issues and problems facing those in poverty, particularly young people.
They then made a banner using ICT in various languages to coincide with the EU year for combating poverty and social exclusion.
Following this programme, the King Edward VI School Council decided to give the £200 proceeds of a non-uniform day to Shelter North East, which works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing.
It has specialist advisers in housing, debt and welfare benefits who provide free, impartial and confidential advice and support.
The money will go towards a multi–lingual project that helps people whose primary language is not English.
Some staff are bi-lingual and also have access to an interpreters service.
Shelter North East Service Manager Ann Kelcey said: “As the donation was based on a language project, the school was keen for the funds to be used to support our multi-lingual service.
“It’s going to help our work tremendously and we’re really impressed and grateful that KEVI students thought of us.”
The School Council has also donated £400 to the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).
A new £1.7million TCT unit was opened last year at The Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle.
It provides care for 13-to-18-year-olds with cancer from across the North East and Cumbria.