Farewell to students who had ‘huge impact’

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TWO European students who spent their gap years volunteering in Morley have said their goodbyes to the town.

German Anneke Barnstedt, 19, and 20-year-old Anastacia Chalchynska, from Ukraine, have spent the past 12 months working on projects with Morley Community Church.

The pair have run six different youth clubs during the week, visited elderly people, hosted coffee mornings and also spent a day each week in a local school to learn about the British education system. They used their time to improve their English and to visit British heritage sites.

Anastacia will now return to Ukraine to study drama and Anneke has a place at the University of Kassel in Germany to read business and law.

Church pastor the Rev Captain Stephen Wright paid tribute to the students:

“They have engaged well with so many young people who were needing help and direction in life. Many pensioners have mentioned that they had been so pleased to have been able to talk with both Anneke and Anastasia at length over coffee and refreshments.

“The church is so grateful for the year these young ladies have given to Morley – it has enriched the life of the congregation and they have been able to impact so many lives for good”.