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Schools of Sanctuary is delighted to announce their partnership with Project Paddington.

Project Paddington began in Sheffield last September in response to the current humanitarian crisis. The project asked for donations of teddy bears with welcome notes to send to refugee children.

Thousands of children and young people across the UK responded and around 25,000 soft toys with welcome notes were sent to refugee children in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. Children and young people raised sponsorship for their toys and businesses such as Travis Perkins, Boden and Hermes helped with delivery.
Broomhill School, photo by Sophie Pucci
Project Paddington’s Teddy Project raised over £40,000 for refugee projects such as Samara’s Aid Appeal and Tearfund’s Refugee Crisis Fund.

Spurred on by how much children and young people want to help, Project Paddington ran a ‘What Would You Take?’ fundraising day at the start of this year. Children chose the one thing they would take from their house if they had to leave suddenly, like a refugee.

This was a good opportunity for UK children to connect with refugee children and look at the kinds of things refugees brought with them. Over seventy schools and groups took part and over £1,000 has already been raised for refugee projects. Project Paddington is currently planning a competition to take place during Refugee Week in June.
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Project Paddington are delighted to be working with Schools of Sanctuary.

“We really hope that schools that took part in our projects can see what a brilliant organisation this is,” said Communications Director Judith Jones. “It is so important for schools to be safe places of welcome. The Project Paddington strapline is ‘children helping children’ and becoming a School of Sanctuary fits in with this perfectly.”

If you want to get involved with Project Paddington visit www.projectpaddington.com, tweet @ProjectPadding1, Instagram Project Paddington UK or like the Project Paddington page on Facebook.