Newman Catholic College has been celebrating after their crowd fund appeal smashed its £10,000 target after only 8 days on 27th June 2017, making it one of the most successful schools-based appeals on the Crowdfunder platform.
The school, based in Willesdon, London, first started their Syria Summer Camp in 2016, with the aim of providing tuition and activities for Syrian children during the summer holidays. Encouraged by great results last year, they wanted to expand this year’s camp and turned to crowd funding to raise the money. The college was recently awarded ‘Refugee Welcome School’ accreditation, only the second school in London to achieve this status.
Danny Coyle, the NCC headmaster, said: ‘We have been taken aback by the support and generosity we have received from the public. It really is inspiring to know that so many people support this project. We are grateful for all the contributions, large and small, which will allow us to expand the summer camp and help more children’.
The Syria Summer Camp takes place over four weeks this July and August, providing tuition in English, Maths and Science subjects, as well as enrichment activities for up to 50 children from 5-15 years old every day with the help of volunteer teachers from across London.
Amanda Wooster, the project leader of the camp, said: ‘The Syria Summer Camp builds on the UKs reputation for supporting individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths, beliefs and cultures. The camp aims to help refugee families settle in the UK as proud British citizens.’
The Crowdfunder page is still taking donations so if you wish to contribute to the cause, please follow this link: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/syria-summer-camp