Cambridge sixth-formers adopt Home-Start Royston and South Cambs as term charity

PUBLISHED: 11:20 21 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:20 21 November 2017

Students from Stephen Perse Six Form College with with alumni relations officer and Home-Start volunteer Melissa Santiago-Val, left, and psychology teacher and Home-Start trustee Sheila Thomas, right. Picture: Stephen Perse Foundation

Students from Stephen Perse Six Form College with with alumni relations officer and Home-Start volunteer Melissa Santiago-Val, left, and psychology teacher and Home-Start trustee Sheila Thomas, right. Picture: Stephen Perse Foundation

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Students at the Stephen Perse Sixth Form College in Cambridge have adopted Home-Start Royston and South Cambs as their charity of the term and are planning some fundraising activities to help the scheme raise some much-needed cash.

The charity supports families with young children who are in crisis and may be facing isolation, housing issues, disabilities or mental health issues.

Sixth-former Benedict Russell said: “We heard about the charity from Melissa Santiago-Val, a Home-Start volunteer who works at the school, and wanted to help support vulnerable families.

“As part of our studies, community support is really important, and a great opportunity for us to make a difference locally.

“We are looking at running a cake sale and other activities in the run up to Christmas, and are really pleased to help.”

Home-Start Royston & South Cambs no longer receives public funding and relies on fundraising activities to raise the £141,000 annually to support more than 70 families in crisis in the region.

For more on Home-Start go to www.hsrsc.org.uk.

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