Students create over 100 crafts for Post Pals charity

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Over 90 string butterflies and 38 cards created by students during Freshers’ week will now be sent as gifts to seriously ill children in the UK through the charity Post Pals.

During Freshers’ 2018 the Union held Creative Chill Outs at Highfield, Avenue, WSA and NOC campuses. If you wanted a break from the rush of Freshers’ week, these chill outs were for you! A chance to relax, meet new people, grab a snack and create some arts and crafts. This included crafting small butterflies from lolly sticks, string and pipe cleaners, and decorating greetings cards.

These butterflies and cards will now be sent to Post Pals, who send these on to seriously ill children in the UK. Post Pals is a small charity run by volunteers who are dedicated to making ill children and their siblings smile though the sending of small gifts, cards, letters, support and friendship. The charity was set up in 2002 by teenagers who were seriously ill themselves and found that something as simple as a card in the post could cheer them up. More information about Post Pals and the work they do can be found here: Post Pals UK

With students creating over 100 gifts in total, we have enough to send one to every child on Post Pals, and also some of their siblings too. We hope to send these out this week.

Emily Dawes, our Union President, says “We had the most wonderful group of students help out some of our Union staff with making cards and butterflies for children across the UK with serious illnesses. Not only do they look fab, but there’s enough to send one to every single child on the website – our students just continue to amaze me in the best way!

Post Pals got in touch to say: “Thank you to everyone at Southampton that took part in making the children smile”.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to craft a butterfly or card!

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