Two sisters are helping a former Havelock Academy boy from Kosovo return to Britain to complete his studies.
They are hoping to raise £3,300 to pay the education fees and related living costs of Astrit Bunjaku who is in his final year at the Richmond American University, in London.
Astrit came to Havelock Academy, in Grimsby, aged 16 on account of his excellent grades in Kosovo. He became House Captain and, alongside his studies, worked at Pennells Garden Centre, in Cleethorpes.
Aged 18, he went to university and studied international relations, where he was sponsored by an American for a year and won the David Ross Prize for high academic achievement from the David Ross Educational Trust, which enabled him to study for a further year.
However, the last two years has been a struggle, as appeals for help from other bodies have come to nothing, and since Kosovo is not in the European Union, he is unable to secure the support EU citizens can.
His family in Kosovo help when they can, but they are very poor. Astrit works, too, but he is only allowed to work ten hours a week.
Pam Borrill and Val Collier, who got to know Astrit through their friends, have been busy trying to help.
“He really does deserve to be helped. He’s a gentleman, a lovely boy from a lovely family,” said Pam, who lives in Cleethorpes.
“We feel so strongly about this. We feel he just needs a chance,” she continued.
Astrit has been offered a job back in Kosovo working in business consultancy for an international firm but only on condition that he successfully completes his International Relations with Political Science degree in December.
“If he cannot complete his studies, everything is lost that he has aimed for,” Pam added.
Scarborough-based Val commented: “Astrit is a highly motivated, polite young man who has worked very hard, often fighting great difficulties.”
And with him needing to complete his degree, she added: “It is, therefore, crucial for him to get financial help as soon as he can so that he can become independent and help his family.”
All donations to help Astrit complete his degree course and begin a career would be gratefully received, the sisters added.
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