Lympstone kids extend 'hand of friendship'

PUBLISHED: 12:30 10 November 2015

Pupils from Lympstone Primary School give five cyclists a big send-off as they travel to London to deliver letters written by the pupils to a Syrian aid charity who will send them to children living in Syria. Ref exe 2462-43-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Pupils from Lympstone Primary School give five cyclists a big send-off as they travel to London to deliver letters written by the pupils to a Syrian aid charity who will send them to children living in Syria. Ref exe 2462-43-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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Children in Lympstone are hoping letters of support for youngsters in Syria will act as a 'hand of friendship'.

Letters of support written by pupils from Lympstone have been sent to Syria.Letters of support written by pupils from Lympstone have been sent to Syria.

Each of Lympstone Primary School’s 180 pupils wrote the letters or cards to show their support for those suffering in war-torn Syria. Some of the youngster even made friendship bracelets.

Five parents cycled 175 miles to hand-deliver the letters to the headquarters of Syrian aid charity Hand in Hand for Syria.

The school has also raised more than £700 for the charity.

Headteacher Emily Mellor said: “The charity was really keen to receive the letters that the children had written.

“We’ve got some incredibly fit parents and they wanted to be involved in the bike ride.

“It is so important that the children actually do something themselves and they feel the impact of it.

“It has been quite endearing and very thoughtful.”

One of the cards read: “Dear friend, we wanted to send you a hand of friendship. I wish you happiness. We care about you. We love you.”

Another letter read: “Dear friend, I’ve heard about the sad things happening in your country. Just keep on being strong and smile.”

Children at Lympstone Primary School used iPads to communicate via Facetime at different stages of the cycle journey and watched as their messages of support were handed over.

The letters and cards will now be sent to schools in Syria.

A spokesman for the charity said on its Facebook page: “We’d like to say a huge thank-you to the children, staff and parents at Lympstone Church of England Primary School, who made a tremendous effort to reach out to the children of Syria.

“We are so touched by the incredible efforts of the school.”

You can still sponsor the school by going to https://www.justgiving.com/Emily-Mellor2/

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