St John Vianney’s is a Catholic special school in the North West and the pupils that attend have moderate learning difficulties and complex needs. Over the last two years, Leland, Isaac and Leon have been instrumental in the school’s Caritas team. The group have supported charities by gathering donations of food, clothing, toiletries and cash (giving up their lunch breaks in the process). They have made an effort to walk in others’ shoes, even sharing a meal with asylum seekers at their school. Their willingness to help out has set them apart.
Their teacher said being recognised, “…would mean the world to them as they do not get much outside recognition for all their hard work. They face difficulties daily, often being negatively judged. But these are some of the kindest and spiritually amazing children I have worked with. They are so kind and caring and want to help others despite their own circumstances, it would make a huge difference in their lives”.
Leland Adkinson (12), Isaac Mallen (12) and Leon Marshall (12)
St John Vianney SEN School, Manchester (Diocese of Salford)