Royal VisitDate Posted: 18/06/2012 | Posted In: Latest news
In July, 18 students and two members of staff from Darlington’s Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College will travel to Romania to do voluntary work, helping to build housing in Brasov for the poorest members of the community. Princess Helen of Romania heard of the enterprise and contacted teacher Nancy Wall who is helping to organise the trip.
Princess Helen wrote:
‘All too often do we read about young people being a nuisance, anti-social or engaging in criminal activity and it is wonderful to read about responsible young people raising the money to engage with a worthwhile cause. Such young people are of course, in the majority, but your students are exceptional. Good community housing in Romania is an urgent necessity and it is something my husband, Alexander has a particular interest in.
I hope you will also have some time to explore the area around Brasov; it is rather beautiful and has a rich history.’
The students and staff were delighted with the Princess’s letter but, to their surprise, she followed it up by arranging to visit the College on Tuesday June 26, to meet them and to find out more about the project.
Nancy Wall said:
‘It is an honour that Princess Helen and her husband were able to take time out of their busy schedule to come to QE and we feel extremely privileged. It is indeed an accolade and very unexpected. She toured the College, met our Principal Tim Fisher and spent a great deal of time with the students who are travelling out to Romania. The visit gave us all a boost and made us even more excited and committed to the work we will be doing in Brasov.’
Principal Tim Fisher added:
“Princess Helen’s visit was inspirational. We are determined to make the project a success, but we also hope that this is just the start of a longer-term relationship to support the work that is needed in Romania”
Image attached of HRH Princess Helen and her husband His Excellency Domnul Alexander – with students Jonny Hutton, Anna Morgan and Yasmine Haq.