School appeal for Cambodian kids


Big-hearted pupils at Swanwick Hall School are appealing for donations for their fund-raising campaign to visit a children’s centre in Cambodia.

The school is hoping to send 15 students to Cambodia in October 2015 as a part of bid to help New Future for Children (NFC) in Phnom Penh, which provides for the needs of 35 orphaned children aged from two to 18.

Students in Year 10 were selected for the visit after completing an application form which assessed their dedication and willingness to help. Since then they have been busy with charity bag-filling at Sainsbury’s, selling ice cream and cakes at school and charity car-washing.

Christine Rhodes, whose daughter Victoria, 14, has been selected for the visist, said: “Despite all of this hard work we still need to raise £15,000 before October 2014. We desperately need local companies and businessman to come forward with offers of support and donations. These students are working extremely hard to help change the lives of others and we would be very grateful if you would consider supporting us over the next few months.”

NFC was founded in 2003 and provides housing, three meals a day, clothing and medical care, as well as educational programmes that include English lessons, traditional Khmer music and dance classes, life skills workshops, a movie class and internships.

Joseph Bull, languages teacher, worked at NFC before he started at Swanwick. He said: “Last year Swanwick Hall raised £3,000 and saved NFC from closure. We wanted to take our link a step further. It won’t be a holiday - they will be worked pretty hard. They will go to school with the students and will work with them on a project to improve the centre which they will design together.”

Contact the school on 01773 602106 if you would like to contribute.