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When areas of the country flooded over Christmas 2015, Sixth Form tutor and Head of Drama, Nicky Grace met some of the volunteers from the Al-Imdaad Foundation who selflessly gave their time and energy as well as hot food and supplies to people who had been affected. The Al-Imdaad Foundation was established in 2003 and is a leading international aid relief and development organisation registered in the United Kingdom (charity registration no. 1140187). They are dedicated to providing humanitarian services in crisis and non-crisis situations throughout the world to the most needy orphans, widows and destitute, irrespective of race, religion, culture and geographical boundary. As well as responding to disasters and emergencies, Al-Imdaad Foundation promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities through our international offices.

Seeing their hard work, dedication and compassion for complete strangers led Nicky to invite the group into Accrington Academy to speak to the Sixth-Form students there. The visit inspired students to make their own humanitarian contribution and Nicky Grace’s Sixth Form Tutor Group set about organising a fund-raising day.  The students worked with the Beauty Therapy students to offer hand and arm massages and henna tattoos along with home-made samosas with all the money raised going straight to the Foundation.

Thanks to their hard work, the money they raised will be used by Al-Imdaad to provide 170 meals for local people in need, in Lancashire as part of their Food For Thought project. The Sixth Form plans to continue their links with Al-Imdaad with more charity fundraising planned for the next academic year.