Aylsham pupils give refugee appeal a warm welcome

Former deputy head at Cromer Academy Carmine De Grandis meets members of the Aylsham High School cou

Former deputy head at Cromer Academy Carmine De Grandis meets members of the Aylsham High School council about his work to help refugees fleeing war torn Syria. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A visit from an ex-teacher who is helping refugees has prompted Aylsham High School pupils to start collecting socks, hats and gloves for them.

Carmine De Grandis led two assemblies at the school this week raising awareness about the situation in Lesvos, Greece.

Mr De Grandis, 45, from Aldborough, is also hoping to raise £5,000 to go towards a 4x4 vehicle to help move the refugees.

His efforts follow a fortnight he spent supporting the Co-ordination Korakas Lighthouse team which looked out for refugees who crossed the Aegean Sea from Turkey in search of safety.

Socks, gloves and hats do not need to be new, but must be clean and in pairs. Student council members will be collecting the items in the school canteen area before the start of lessons via: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/carmine-degrandis