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Year 6 hold collection for national charity after becoming inspired by Dr Thomas John Barnardo

Year 6 hold collection for national charity after becoming inspired by Dr Thomas John Barnardo

A Preparatory School year group took it upon themselves to aid a national charity after learning more about one of the country’s most recognisable and influential figures of recent times.

As part of their topic on the Victorian era, the Year 6 group discovered more about the life of Dr Thomas John Barnardo, an Irish philanthropist and founder and director of homes for poor children.

From the foundation of the first Barnardo's home in 1867 to the date of Barnardo's death, nearly 60,000 children had been taken in.

After leading an assembly about what they can learn from history related to him and Lord Shaftesbury, the year group issued an appeal for donations for the local Barnardo’s charity shop situated in Colwyn Bay.

Head Boy Ellis Lister-Brookes, Head Girl Grace Watkins and Deputy Head Girl Violet Roberts managed to collect 11 bags full of clothing for their efforts, and in addition to despatching them to the shop, they also spent considerable time at the facility attaching barcodes to labels, arranging hangers in order and putting clothes on hangers.

Prep School Head Alison Hind, said: “This was a wonderfully thoughtful thing for our Year 6 group to do, which came as a result of learning about the wonderful work Dr Barnardo did to help thousands of children throughout his life.

“His legacy remains incredibly strong to this day, and the selfless nature of our older Prep School pupils continues to inspire everyone associated with Rydal Penrhos.”

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