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Christmas cards of hope

Hundreds of Christmas cards are being sent to prisoners of conscience across the world by students at Sunderland College.

It’s all part of Amnesty International’s Greetings Card Campaign which aims to bring together people from across the world.

Students at the college’s Bede campus have written over 150 cards, each with a message of hope. The cards are being sent off to Amnesty International today (Tuesday December 13) to be passed on to people who are unjustly imprisoned or in danger across the world.

Ashley Osman, 17, from Farringdon, Sunderland, studies health and social care at Bede campus. Ashley said: “People in other countries are imprisoned and punished for their views, and campaigns such as these highlight their plight. By sending Christmas cards we are demonstrating our solidarity, showing that they are not forgotten and that there are people in the world fighting for their rights.”

Chris Goodall, tutor at Sunderland College’s Bede campus, is coordinating the student’s Christmas card efforts. Chris said: “We asked students to get involved and show their support in this simple way and the response has been fantastic. I’m thrilled our students have got onboard and are working with Amnesty International on this campaign.”

The Christmas card campaign is part of the college’s Human Rights Group’s on-going programme of activity, aimed at raising awareness of injustices around the world. The group’s programme of activity recently received national recognition from The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS).

To get involved and take part in Amnesty’s campaign go to www.amnesty.org.uk

Photo caption: Students along with their lecturer Chris Goodall and the Christmas cards that are to be sent to prisoners across the world. (L –R Ashley Wilson, Sarah Thompson, Jade Shield, Chris Goodall, Bria Tate, Riona Gash, Ashley Osman, Demi-Shekila Thompson, Jessica Wright, Bethany Molloy)

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