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Student volunteers spend over 1,500 hours helping the local community

Posted on 07/06/2010

Students help out at St Cuthberts School

Students from Royal Holloway, University of London once again gave up their time to work in the local community as part of National Volunteering Week on 1-3 June 2010. During the week, over 250 active student volunteers contributed more than 1,500 hours to serving the local community.

The students involved themselves in a range of projects, including painting picnic benches at St Cuthbert’s Primary School in Englefield Green, maintaining the exterior of Ashford Park Primary School in Ashford, designing and painting an interior mural for Aldwyn Place residential homes and gardening at Christ Church Infants′ School in Virginia Water.

Volunteering Week is organised by a partnership of the Students’ Union, RHUL Sports, Royal Holloway’s Community Action Volunteers and local community organisations. The week is supported with funding provided by Surrey County Council Local Committee in Runnymede.

One school to benefit from the volunteers' help was ChristChurch Infants School. Headteacher, Lisa Wallage said, "Thank you very much for the huge effort your volunteers put in at Christ Church. We were amazed at the amount of vegetation we took to the tip at the end of the day which the students had cleared from the garden. It looks great and is ready for replanting. Thanks too for the painting work - the trellis looks like new and the little houses are much brighter and all of the children commented on them as they came in to school after half term.”

Phil Simcock, Royal Holloway Community Action Volunteer Manager, said, “The students have made a real difference to the local community over the years and this year they were in even more demand. More students than ever are volunteering their time and skills to serve the local community through practical tasks, sports sessions and activity workshops. We are delighted to once again be making a positive difference and we look forward to many more successful initiatives.”

To find out more visit: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/services/volunteering/volunteeringweek2010.html


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