Students from Blackburn Central High School spent Saturday supporting asylum seekers and refugees in seeing the many places of interest in the Ribble Valley.
Over 150 people who had fled their countries of birth visited Clitheroe Mosque, and enjoyed a barbecue. This was followed by an afternoon of sports activities at historical Stonyhurst College, and a British cream tea after the visitors had built up their appetites after a scenic country walk.
Shanaz Hussain, Deputy Head Teacher at BCHS said: “We have a very strong ethos of care and compassion for others running through our school community, and we are often complimented for that. The students who spent their Saturday with the refugee and asylum seekers families, volunteered to do so in their own time, because they knew they wanted to help in any way they could.”
Event organisers, Tom and Kathryn Clay, said: “It was a fantastic day. The whole community came together to make the day a huge success. Volunteers and funds were raised by the Salvation Army, Clitheroe Christians in Partnership, Clitheroe Community Church, Our Lady of the Valley Parish, The Methodist Church, The United Reformed Church, St Mary’s Osbaldeston, St James Church, St Mary’s Langho, The Rotary Club. The business community of Clitheroe also enabled the day to go ahead including, The Card shop, Byrnes, Maxwells, Smug Fox interiors and Carter Leisure Beauty Therapy.”