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Service children demonstrate their unity at Ripon Cathedral
3:03pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
CHILDREN from service families across North Yorkshire gathered together for a special service of dedication.
The youngsters, from 30 different schools, are all members of HMS (Her Majesty’s Schools) Heroes, a national pupil-led organisation raising the profile of service children and explaining the unique challenges that go hand-in-hand with being part of a military family.
And as a symbol of their unity, they have now purchased their own standard for which the service of dedication was held at Ripon Cathedral.
There are nearly 3,000 service pupils in North Yorkshire, one of the largest groups in the country, and HMS Heroes is becoming an effective way for these pupils to make their voices heard and raise concerns with regards to their education and welfare.
“HMS Heroes is helping to strengthen the sense of identity that these children have so that they can take pride in their unique culture and make a positive contribution to society," said the county’s education development adviser Matt Blyton.
Service children often face challenges associated with mobility and can experience many changes of school over the course of their school career. Parental deployment to places like Afghanistan can also leave them vulnerable both educationally and socially.
Through Mr Blyton, the county council has supported the appointment of service pupils’ champions in three areas of the county where there is a concentration of service personnel – Ripon; Catterick and Richmond and Bedale.
They will develop HMS Heroes to bring services children together for mutual support as well as to provide bespoke support to families.
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