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Published 26 June 2017

A group of pupils from St Peter the Apostle High School have been recognised with a Queen's Award for Voluntary Services 2017. 

The Soup Kitchen Volunteer project began at the school four years ago with senior pupils volunteering to spend their Saturday nights helping at two homeless shelters in Glasgow.  

The kind hearted students collected donations of food, toiletries and clothes in the school to assist The Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity based in Pollok in Glasgow’s south side.  

Working alongside the order’s Sisters, the pupils spent time at the Bellgrove and the Salvation Army hostels distributing hot soup, food, toiletries and clothes to the men who live there.  The youngsters also spent time chatting to the residents.

John Sangster, Principal Teacher Pupil Support has helped facilitate the project since its inception, was invited to The Queen’s garden party in Buckingham Palace  to represent the hundreds of students who have taken-part in the school’s Soup Kitchen project. The school will receive a signed certificate from The Queen and a domed crystal glass. 

Linda Booth, St Peter the Apostle High School, Head Teacher said “I am absolutely delighted that this project has been recognised and rewarded. Our young people have led this project from the start and, as Head Teacher, I am so proud of all the pupils and staff who have given of their time and energy so readily to this initiative which absolutely embodies our school motto of ‘Compassion and Hope’.”

Senior pupil, Jennifer McNeil, 18, from Clydebank who ran the project with the help of her peers, said: “I was delighted to take part and help people less fortune than myself.  I learned many valuable lessons during this project including the less people have, the more grateful they are.  Regardless how small the gesture, I always found our work and time was very much appreciated.  I would encourage others to get involved in this project as not only are you helping others, you are gaining skills and experience and include the voluntary work in your CV.”

Convener of Educational Services, Karen Conaghan, said: “I would like to congratulate all the young people who have volunteered on this project over the years. It’s great to hear that these kind-hearted teenagers gave up their spare time to help and support people less fortunate than themselves. The volunteers are a credit not only to themselves but to their whole school community.  They thoroughly deserve this award and the appreciation for the hours they spend helping others.”

The project previously received a Provost Civic Award  and was runner up for the Young Scot Award in 2015.