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GALLERY: Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford Academy students organise refugee collection

PUBLISHED: 12:49 12 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:22 12 October 2015

Students from Habedasher's Askes Crayford Academy with their collections

Students from Habedasher's Askes Crayford Academy with their collections

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Sixth formers collected clothes, shoes and blankets which will be taken to Calais and the Middle East this weekend

Sixth formers at a school in Bexley have successfully organised a collection for refugees in Calais and the Middle East.

Students from Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford Academy loaded up a minibus last week, which will be driven this weekend from Essex to the jungle in Calais, and then onto Syria and Afghanistan.

The appeal attracted the interest of the wider community, with local businesses and dozens of residents rooting through their wardrobes to donate clothes, shoes and blankets to the cause.

Teacher Emma Slater said: “We came back to school the same week that those awful photos were in the news.

“The sixth formers were particularly affected by what they had seen, and they approached us saying that they wanted to do something.

“The students were absolutely amazing, they have done it all off their own backs and run the entire thing. They’ve set up their own committee with a blog and a vlog.

“Parents have gone around their streets, and people who have got nothing to do with our school have driven up and donated.

“We had an entire shed that was filled to the roof with stuff, we’ve been completely inundated.

“It has been so inspiring to see the Bexley community respond in this way.”

Over 40 banana boxes were filled with clothes as the bus was crammed full of donations on Friday.

Sixth former Jaya Rehal added: “We organised everything and learned a lot along the way.

“We’ve come out into the wider world and impacted people’s lives, and it’s great to give them the help that they need and provide them with the things we take for granted.

“It’s been a great response from everyone.”

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