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Ripon Cathedral School collects toiletries for asylum-seekers in Yorkshire

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It must be so difficult to run a school in these difficult times of COVID-19.

However, Ripon Cathedral School has faithfully stuck to its yearly rhythm and went ahead with its annual Donations Day on Thursday 22 October.

We couldn’t have been more thrilled that they chose Ripon City of Sanctuary and a foodbank to be the beneficiaries of their generosity. For us, the children brought in brand-new toiletries of all descriptions and for the food bank they donated food. We received 7 large carrier-bags packed full of shampoos, soaps, shower gels, toothpastes and more – all adding up to over 160 items!

In advance of the day our chair, Nicola David, was invited to join a collective worship session with the children by Zoom. A couple of pupil ambassadors asked her a series of excellent questions about why the toiletries were needed and where they would be going.

In fact, the toiletries will quickly be taken to Wakefield, where they will be distributed to asylum-seekers via our partner group, Wakefield District of Sanctuary. These are people who have fled unimaginable circumstances back home and often arrive with little more than what they stand up in. 

We are so grateful to the school for helping the children to understand the needs of refugees in our country, and we can’t wait to work with the children again.