FRIENDSHIP: We can all play a part

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In view of the recent racist attacks throughout the country following the referendum, I wanted to let you know that there are many people doing their best to offer the hand of friendship to international people.

I am a volunteer for HOST UK and I occasionally invite adult international students at UK universities to spend a weekend with me in my home.

I have hosted students from China, Germany, the USA, Egypt and Taiwan, to name a few, and it has been a wonderful way for me to learn about different cultures, but also for the students to experience a friendly welcome and to receive a positive taste of British culture.

It is important for everyone to know that the UK is a friendly and welcoming country for people around the world.

The work of HOST has always been very important, but is even more so following these very sad events.

I would urge anyone interest in doing their part to show solidarity and friendship to international people to get in touch with HOST UK at www.hostuk.org or by calling 020 7739 6292.

We can all do our part to make this country and the world a little friendlier.

Merle Rewcastle

Blyth