Cards of conscience for prisoners

christmas post: Students along with their lecturer Chris Goodall and the Christmas cards that are to be sent to prisoners across the world. From left, Ashley Wilson, Sarah Thompson, Jade Shield, Chris Goodall, Bria Tate, Riona Gash, Ashley Osman, Demi-Shekila Thompson, Jessica Wright and Bethany Molloy.

christmas post: Students along with their lecturer Chris Goodall and the Christmas cards that are to be sent to prisoners across the world. From left, Ashley Wilson, Sarah Thompson, Jade Shield, Chris Goodall, Bria Tate, Riona Gash, Ashley Osman, Demi-Shekila Thompson, Jessica Wright and Bethany Molloy.

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CHRISTMAS cards have been sent to prisoners of conscience across the world by Sunderland students.

The messages are part of Amnesty International’s greetings card campaign, which aims to bring together people from across the world.

Students at Sunderland College’s Bede campus wrote more than 150 cards, each with a message of hope, which have been sent to Amnesty International to be passed on to people who are unjustly imprisoned or in danger across the world.

Ashley Osman, 17, from Farringdon, who is studying health and social care at Bede campus, said: “People in other countries are imprisoned and punished for their views, and campaigns such as these highlight their plight.

“By sending Christmas cards we are demonstrating our solidarity, showing that they are not forgotten and that there are people in the world fighting for their rights.”

Chris Goodall, a tutor at Sunderland College, said: “We asked students to get involved and show their support in this simple way and the response was fantastic. I’m thrilled our students got on board, working with Amnesty International on this campaign.”

The Christmas card campaign is part of the college’s Human Rights Group’s programme of activity, aimed at raising awareness of injustices around the world. The group’s programme of activity recently received national recognition.

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