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Sixth Form China Mission

A Birkdale School group of 8 sixth-form students has just returned from Hengyang in China where they helped to run summer activities for disabled children and young people in an International China Concern orphanage.

This charity runs has worked with the local government-run Hengyang Welfare Centre since 2004 to provide care and education for these children, many of whom are seriously disabled. They have seen those in their care make huge progress when they receive focused attention.

The group was attached to a small group of babies, children or young adults to help look after during the day. They organised a number of activities, ranging from craft-type or musical activities to time spent in the recently installed swimming pool for pool-based activities. This was not only exciting for the children but gave their Chinese carers some much appreciated respite.

This is the third time that Birkdale students have been involved in Summer Camps to Hengyang, with previous trips in 2011 and 2013. International China Concern was Birkdale School's charity in 2012-13 and much of the money raised has been used to purchase much needed specialist medical equipment. Building on this, several Birkdale families now sponsor children at the orphanage as part of the on-going relationship and support for the orphanage.

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