Pupils’ artwork to be sent to UN

CAMPAIGN: Rahima Patel, Lewis Butcher and Emma Rodger from Thornhill Community Science College and Sara Tariq from Royds Hall High School presented their handprints to Simon Reevell MP at Dewsbury Museum. (d07021101)
CAMPAIGN: Rahima Patel, Lewis Butcher and Emma Rodger from Thornhill Community Science College and Sara Tariq from Royds Hall High School presented their handprints to Simon Reevell MP at Dewsbury Museum. (d07021101)
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PUPILS, who have collected more than 1,000 red handprints, hope to have the images given to the United Nations.

Students from Thornhill Community Science College, Batley Girls High School and two schools in Huddersfield took part in the Red Hand Campaign, which fights to stop the use of child soldiers in conflicts.

The red handprints were collected in the run up to Holocaust Memorial Day. The Mayor of Kirklees Coun Andrew Palfreeman and several Holocaust survivors have added their own handprints.

At Dewsbury Museum in Crow Nest Park this week, the pupils gave their collection of handprints to Dewsbury and Mirfield MP Simon Reevell and asked him pass them on to the UN.

Mr Reevell said: “I will make sure they are handed to the UN rep to be sent to Geneva. Congratulations to everybody for working so well to bring this issue to people’s attention.”

The students decided to campaign, with help from Kirklees museum staff on behalf of child soldiers after meeting Dili Diey, a former child soldier from Sudan.