On Wednesday, The Prince of Wales visited Yavneh college in Borehamwood to learn about the work the students there have been doing in the community. His Royal Highness was invited by the school’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.
The Prince was given a guided tour of the school seeing the various areas of the facility which showcase all the work done by the students. Rabbi Avrohom Zeidman, who works for a charity called GIFT, which gives gifts to children with special needs. He invited The Prince to make a balloon crown and said about the charity work and GIFT: “GIFT tries to help young people to get involved in volunteering and giving to the community.”
He went on, telling the Borehamwood Times: “We give our all gifts to children with special needs mainly around London. The crown made by Prince Charles will be given to one of the children.
“Knowing the crown was made by the Prince himself will make the child very happy.”
Hayley Simon, head of Jewish studies at Yavneh, was packing boxes with food to distribute to families for Tu B’Shevat. Shevat is the Jewish month known as the New Year for Trees, and Tu B’Shevat is the fifteenth day of this month. His Royal Highness also visited the area of the school where students are packing boxes of food which will be donated to the Borehamwood Foodbank. Ms Simons said about The Prince’s participation: “Prince Charles packed his own box and joked asking if all the ingredients were Kosher.
“These food packages will be given to people all across North West London.”
Food technology teacher Angie Pettengell said to the Borehamwood Times: “It was a real honour to have His Royal Highness visit us.”
The Prince also visited the technology rooms, where students were making iPhone cases to distribute to children admitted to the children’s ward at the Watford General Hospital. The hospital happened to be the college’s Charity of the Year for 2016.