Menston youngsters help in clean-up

Enjoying getting their hands dirty for a good cause!The team from St.Marys School in Menston lend a helping handFrom the left, schools inclusion manager Lynda Metcalfe, Shannon ODonnell, Liam Hirst and Daisy Agar

May 26th 2010

Students have been lending a hand to a project dedicated to the memory of patients of a former psychiatric hospital.

A group of 16-year-olds from St Mary’s Catholic School in Menston have been spending Wednesday afternoons over the past term by helping clear rubble away during the restoration of the old High Royds burial ground chapel, on Buckle Lane.

Shannon O’Donnell, Liam Hirst, Daisy Agar and Olivia Monks, under the guidance of the school’s inclusion manager, Lynda Metcalfe, have been undertaking the work to help The Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden project.

The restoration is the first stage of the memorial project, and is nearing completion.

Friends spokesman Ron Sweeney said the St Mary’s students should be proud of the role they have played. He said: “They have been doing some pretty heavy, and very useful work and we are very glad to have received this help.”