COLLEGE students and staff have been praised after backing a charity campaign to remember victims of the Holocaust.
Students from Hartlepool College of Further Education gathered 160 pairs of shoes as part of the annual Holocaust Memorial Day campaign last month.
Hundreds of events were held nationwide to collect a mountain of shoes that can be sold by Barnardo’s in tribute to people who were targets of Nazi persecution and other genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur.
The shoes were donated at the Barnardo’s store in Hartlepool in the hope they can be used in the charity’s work to help children worldwide.
Jo Fields, of the Respect team at Hartlepool College of Further Education, said: “We are over the moon with the response from staff and students, having collected over 160 pairs of shoes, not only highlighting the plight of those who have suffered through persecution, genocide and holocaust, but also collecting for a worthy cause.”
The campaign also saw the college highlight the plight people faced at the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp and information from the Holocaust Memorial Trust.
Brian Barnes, also of the college’s Respect team, added: “Not only did we collect shoes as part of the event, we also ran video presentations from the Holocaust Memorial Trust, created teaching resources and put a large pictorial display of Auschwitz in our Courtyard, loaned from the North East Religious Resource Centre.
“The event was a great success, and we will be making this an annual date in our Respect calendar.”
Gwen Dignen, Barnardo’s store deputy manager, said: “A majority of the shoes are in very good condition indeed and we thank the college very much for this donation.”