Pupils praised for helping out at Queen’s Mill

Young volunteers Jack Senior, Phoebe Early, and Jordan Parker have been praised for their community work.
Young volunteers Jack Senior, Phoebe Early, and Jordan Parker have been praised for their community work.

Young volunteers at Queen’s Mill in Castleford are a ‘credit to their community’.

Castleford Academy pupils Jack Senior, Phoebe Early and Jordan Parker have dedicated more than 100 hours to the mill on Aire Street and the Castleford Heritage Trust (CHT).

The year 11 leavers’ help has included organising photography exhibitions, managing stalls and running children’s activities at public open days in 2014 and 2015.

Headteacher George Panayiotou said; “I am very proud of our students’ efforts and their commitment shown in helping to support a local charity over such a long time. They are a credit to their community.”

Their achievements were highlighted during National Volunteers’ Week, which ended on Sunday.

Alison Fender, a school governor and CHT member, who set up the Young Volunteers’ section at the mill, said: “I am incredibly proud of the students. During the two years I have supported them to deliver activities at the mill, they have shown a maturity beyond their years and I am confident they will each be very successful in their chosen careers.”

Ms Fender’s employer, Yorkshire Building Society, also allows her time to volunteer at the school and the trust.