Syrian kids thrilled to receive Lympstone children’s letters
PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 November 2015
‘There wasn’t a dry eye left’ as Lympstone Primary School pupils looked at pictures and watched a video of Syrian youngsters receiving letters of friendship.
The school has been declared the Hand In Hand Syria charity’s top fundraisers for 2015.
Five parents cycled 175 miles from the village to London to hand-deliver all 180 letters from every pupil to the charity.
Teacher Marcus Lang, added that the children in Syria were completely ‘blown away’ by the kindness shown to them from the village’s schoolchildren.
He said: “The Syrian children were blown away to know that another class in the world cares about them.
“We didn’t know before the assembly that the letters and friendship bracelets had arrived.
“There wasn’t a dry eye left in the hall as we watched the Syrian children receiving the friendship bracelets and letters.
“We were worried in the beginning that the children wouldn’t understand – but we linked it to our values of love and compassion. The children really wanted to show Syria’s kids that they care about them.
“I think the project has had a huge impact on us and the Syrian children, especially with how the world is now.”
Marcus also paid tribute to headteacher Emily Mellor for her ‘inspirational’ leadership.
The school raised more than £700 for the Hand in Hand Syria charity.
Marcus said: “Emily’s leadership has been inspirational and considering we only had two weeks from her coming up with the idea to get the project up and running, it was simply incredible.
“On behalf of the whole school I would also like to say a big thank you to the parents who cycled to London for us.
“We actually video called the cyclists during their journey and kept an eye on their progress via iPad.
“I would also like to thank all the people who donated to our JustGiving page.”