Millthorpe School’s annual visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland received a boost when Hull Construction Company Hobson & Porter offered to contribute to the cost of the trip. This meant that the visit, which also takes in Oskar Schindler’s factory and a tour of the former Krakow ghetto area, was more affordable for students, some of whom might otherwise have missed out because of the cost.
Ivan Noble, Head of RE at Millthorpe School, commented “It has become much more difficult in recent years to be able to run the trip at a price that students can afford and we are extremely grateful to Hobson & Porter for their kind sponsorship. This donation has enabled us to offer students the opportunity to take learning outside of the classroom and take part in a once in a lifetime experience; the emotional impact of a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau cannot be emphasised enough”.
36 children will be able to attend the trip, which forms part of a number of activities organised by the school to mark Holocaust Memorial Week, an internationally recognised remembrance event which reflects on the genocide during World War 2. A pupil that attended the trip last year reflected on the effect of seeing the camps first-hand, saying “It was such an amazing experience and helps us put our lives into perspective. We take so much for granted.”
Jason Papprill, CEO of Hobson & Porter said “We are delighted to be involved in Millthorpe’s visit to Poland. It is important the people of every age should have the opportunity of visiting Auschwitz and see for themselves the sheer scale of the place, especially as time moves on from the terrible events of the 1940s. I was privileged to go on the trip with the school last year and it had a very lasting effect; I have nothing but admiration for the staff and school for organising a trip such as this, and I am pleased that private industry can help”.