Nelson & Colne College students to volunteer in Macedonia

College Macedonia (S)
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Nelson and Colne College students Amelia Cockell and Harriet Sinclair have been accepted to volunteer with the Red Cross in Macedonia.

Amelia, 17 and fellow A-Level pupil Harriet, 16, are two of only three students selected out of hundreds of applicants who were all vying for the opportunity to volunteer at the Humanitarian Education Camp.

The pair will fly to Macedonia next month,

They will attend workshops in the town of Struga, learning some of the intricacies surrounding International Humanitarian Law, within which they will learn how the Red Cross acts as a neutral aid to conflicting sides during a period of war.

Amelia, a former pupil of Primet High School, Colne, aims to work in either forensic or biomedical science, while former Fisher-More pupil Harriet is hoping to gain a place at a medical school.

Both pupils are part of the college’s pre-med programme which is designed to help young people achieve their dreams working within medical professions.

Harriet said: “I signed up with the Red Cross when I started at the College and I’ve been a volunteer for nearly a year now.

I’m really looking forward to Macedonia, especially with work abroad being so difficult to gain for anyone under 18, and being one of the two students selected from the Red Cross society in Britain is amazing.”