Actor’s ‘Ace’ effort for college shoebox appeal

College students with their shoeboxes filled with goods, and destined for poverty-stricken children in Eastern European
College students with their shoeboxes filled with goods, and destined for poverty-stricken children in Eastern European

Caedmon College Whitby’s sixth form students are very proud of their achievements academically but students are also encouraged to think about the support and development of others.

As part of an extensive enrichment programme, sixth formers at the college are asked to support local and international charities to develop their sense of self in relation to the world around them.

In October, students worked tirelessly to enhance the lives of refugee children and those living in poverty-stricken situations in Eastern Europe.

The students managed to recruit local actor Ace Bhatti to help out - Ace played Dr Khan from EastEnders and currently stars in ITV’s production of Jekyll and Hyde.

He said: “I think it’s fantastic that the college works to develop altruistic values in students.

“It is so important to teach young people to feel empathy and care for others”.

Ace gave the students several full sacks towards their clothes’ collection and generously donated the money to cover the cost of transporting each of the shoeboxes.

He added: “It’s a worthy charity and the students were passionate and persuasive about the cause”.

Through hard work and determination, the college’s sixth form students filled and wrapped 95 shoeboxes, raised the money to cover the cost of postage and collected over 20 sacks of clothing to help destitute families through the Convoy Aid Romania charity.

This is a non-profit making, non-religious, non-political organisation run by volunteers who work with Romanian Villagers, hospitals, schools, kindergartens, churches and TB clinics.

Alison Dimbleby, Assistant Principal responsible for the sixth form said: “I could not be more proud of the students’ efforts and attitude.

“They have said that on Christmas Day it will be lovely to take a moment to think of the children opening the presents we have sent.

“It is so important to develop our students as young people who care about others and the world in which we live. This is an integral aim for the governors and staff at the college that leads to each student gaining the very best experience over the ages of 16 to 19.”