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High Sheriff of Suffolk rewards Thomas Gainsborough School students in Great Cornard for volunteering endeavours




Volunteers from Yopey charity were presented with achievement certificates on a visit by the High Sheriff. (5939694)
Volunteers from Yopey charity were presented with achievement certificates on a visit by the High Sheriff. (5939694)

Students at a secondary school in Great Cornard have been hailed for their volunteering efforts.

Pupils from Thomas Gainsborough School have volunteered more than 100 hours of their spare time at Mellish House care home in Great Cornard.

Students visit care home residents to offer support and company each week, as part of a befriending scheme run by Suffolk charity Yopey.

The High Sheriff of Suffolk, George Vestey, presented students with a certificate, which recognised their selfless work.

“It’s so good to see the lovely smiles and bonds of genuine friendship they have built up over many visits and hours of chatting,” said Mr Vestey.

“I have travelled to all parts of Suffolk this year and I know what a seriously worrying issue isolation and loneliness is for the elderly, exacerbated, of course, for those with dementia.”

Crediting the students’ commitment to the scheme, he added: “To see them taking time out of their busy lives to bridge the generational divide and bring companionship to the residents here is both heart-warming and inspiring.”


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