CRAVEN College health and social care students have made up 50 welcome packs containing toiletries and essentials for asylum seekers in Calais.

The students helped by volunteer Heather Hutchinson had taken part in fund-raising activities to buy the items and the college donated 50 waterproof draw-string bags to store the items. Fifty individual notes have also been written.

The students had been visited by local asylum seekers and learned of the hardship facing many people, estimated to be around 1,500, living in make-shift camps in Northern France; around 200 of these are unaccompanied children.

Team leader and student Stacie Lever, of Skipton, said: “I feel incredibly proud of what the students have achieved, and I am now looking forward to returning to Craven College to mount a campaign to provide 50 winter coats.”