Inspiring students thanked


PRINCE Harry and Richard Branson were among two of the inspiring figures who appeared at a national event attended by Bognor Regis students.

Those speaking and performing at the first UK WE Day also included Ellie Goulding and Malala Yousafzai.

Tickets for the event at Wembley Arena were earned by young people of all age ranges who had taken part in a year-long range of citizenship activities at home and abroad.

They were thanked for their inspirational campaign work as well as being inspired by the incredible line-up of speakers.

Alex Ralf, 15, said: “Hearing everyone’s story made me realise I really can make a big impact in the world.

“I just need to speak up.

“It definitely is an experience I will keep with me for life. I hope to inspire others from what I’ve learnt.”

Millie Spencer, 14, said: “I had an amazing day. It was fantastic. I’m going to share my experience with everyone in my year and tutor group to encourage them to make a change and feel as passionately as I do.”

Emma Warburton, 13, said: “My favourite quote of WE Day was ‘everything seems impossible till it is done’. This showed people always think that things cannot be done until someone does it.”

Since becoming a Unicef rights respecting school, The Regis School has increased its campaigning activity.

This year has seen its students and staff collect more than 800kg of food for the Bognor Regis Foodbank.

They have also raised money for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, made shoeboxes of gifts for Samaritan’s Purse and dresses for a charity to dress girls around the world.

WE Day was held by Free The Children, which has held similar events in America and Canada.