More than 30 Art Foundation students from Priestley College stayed at the Boggle YHA and left a lasting impression on Andy and Peta Nugent.
The hostel managers wrote to their operations manager and head of Impact within YHA and the college principal Matthew Grant to praise their visitors’ character and achievements.
“We get so many young people staying with us, but these were incredible. Not only were they very talented but had so much passion and were just so nice,” Andy wrote in his letter to Art Tutor Steve Lane.
“We get so tied up in our job sometimes we forget why we do it. It was a real pleasure to be reminded of this by your students and colleagues.”
Andy said it was only the third time in 20 years he had felt compelled to write after a visit.
It wasn’t just the hostel managers who were inspired by the young people from Warrington.
Primary school children also benefitted from time spent with the teenagers who volunteered to help them with a project.
“They really inspired the small primary school we had in, so much so they plan to return at the same time next year and do an activity together.. a very rare and beautiful thing,” wrote Andy.
The Art Foundation trip had been organised by Priestley College as an affordable trip that gives them the chance to draw inspiration from the landscapes around Whitby.
They produced some great art including some pieces using materials collected from the beach.
“I didn’t want to leave,” said Alex Mooney, a former pupil at Great Sankey High School.
“At times it was raining and our paper was getting wet, but that just added to what we were doing and became part of the overall effect.”