Farewell to town’s student helpers

The nine students came from all over the world to help in Morley
The nine students came from all over the world to help in Morley

A group of international students who have been a big hit in Morley have said their goodbyes to the town.

Nine theology students from Capernwray College in Lancashire spent a week working with Morley Community Church on a number of local projects.

The Canadian, American, German, Ukrainian and Korean nationals were thanked for their generosity and hard work by local councillors before the group were treated to a heritage tour of the town as a farewell gesture.

During their stay in Morley, they totted up an impressive 1,200 hours of voluntary work with 12 different organisations. They served lunch to pensioners, ran coffee mornings and youth events, held a shoe shine, gave away free calendars and led the Amazing Acts exhibition which toured primary schools.

The 15 presentations for 550 pupils told the story of the Church’s early years and Easter, with the students playing the roles of biblical characters. They also provided free workbooks about the Romans to children, planted 200 daffodil bulbs and attended worship services at both Morley Community and Newlands Methodist churches.

The students are required to spent a placement working with a local church as part of their one-year course.