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Students cook for homeless in Exeter

First food, socks next (courtesy: West Exe School)

Now they're on a sock campaign

Three pupils from an Exeter school have helped homeless people in the city get a hot meal, by cooking for them.

Year 9 students Zack, Daisy and Maisie from West Exe School prepared a hot homemade meal for homeless clients of St Petrocks.  They say more than 600 people every year face homelessness and multiple disadvantages in Exeter and the surrounding areas.  

Now they want to help out further by asking for people to donate a new pair of socks they can pass on to someone is society who's finding life tough.

The students have been mentored by the paralympian David Hill as part of his work with the Dame Kelly's Trust. They're taking part in a programme called 'unlocking potential' and donating the meals was part of the project’s social action component. 

Youths with knives (image courtesy: West Exe School)

The group from West Exe also went along to visit St Petrocks, along with their mentor David, and they were given a guided tour and told more about the charity’s work. Zack, Daisy and Maisie are now partnering with St Petrocks for a ‘sock collection’, they are asking their fellow students to consider donating a new pair of socks for a rough sleeper.  The ‘give a pair to show you care’ drive is another part of the students’ social action work to impact the local community. 

Julie Fossey, headteacher at West Exe School said: “I am so proud of Zack, Daisy, and Maisie for the work they have done on their social action project.  They all really wanted to do something that would benefit the local community and I know they took a lot away from their visit to St Petrocks.

"I hope the sock drive will be a big success!”

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