Moved by the homeless plea.
I was greatly moved to read the letter from Master Sama Al Nakeeb of Excelsior Academy. I commend his social awareness and his altruism. I also commend the school for awakening the social conscience of its Year 7 pupils.
At the same time another thought struck me. How on earth can such a need arise in one of the richest and sophisticated societies on earth? What a divided society we have created to realise that such deprivation exists in the UK in 2018.
This particular episode reminded me of an event in my own family history. Way back in the 1920s when my grandfather Councillor Henry Bolton JP was leader of Blaydon Urban District Council, he launched a campaign called 'Boots for Boys' such was the poverty of the area.
Thus history repeats itself. We haven't progressed very far in almost a century.
On the credit side, however, I can tell you from experience that once the children have become enthusiastic about this appeal there will soon be a surplus of secondhand clothes.
More power to their elbow!
JACK FLETCHER, Chopwell