Sudbury school forges link with charity

A NEWLY formed partnership between a charity and a Sudbury school will provide benefits for all those involved, according to the group’s chairman.

Students from Sudbury Upper’s School council have linked up with Helping Hands, a charity which campaigns on behalf of the Sudbury Resource Centre and supports adults with learning difficulties.

It is hoped the partnership will provide advantages for both parties, as well as the wider community.

The first act in the affiliation will take place at the school’s non-uniform day on December 7, when pupils will raise money for a year-long appeal to boost funds and awareness of the services provided by the centre in Northern Road.

Mel Bezpalko, the school’s citizenship co-ordinator, said: “We are very excited by this partnership, which we believe will provide our pupils with some excellent educational, occupational and voluntary opportunities.”

Work experience opportunities may be available to the students, while it is hoped a number of pupils will want to get involved with the Helping Hands committee, which is in desperate need of younger members.

Jack Owen, chairman of Helping Hands, said he welcomed the link up, adding that he was looking forward to a long and prosperous partnership with the school.

“It is great to see young people taking an interest in their local community, which can only be beneficial to voluntary groups in the long term,” he said.

For the full story see last week’s Free Press.