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Kind hearts and career goals lead to royal wedding invites

A combination of kind-hearts, student wellbeing, community support and career goals have resulted in four BMet students receiving invitations to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The invitations have been issued by the West Midlands Lieutenancy Office in recognition of the students’ volunteering services to local communities.

They are part of the privileged 1,200 members of the public invited on to the grounds of Windsor Castle to see wedding guests and the royal family arrive. The four, along with one each guest will then get to follow the ceremony on a live outdoor screen and cheer on the carriage procession afterwards.

Attending the wedding are –

Jack Al Alawi

The 17 year-old from Sutton Coldfield has ambitions to join the uniformed services, which is why he’ll have one eye on the bride and groom and the other on the protection services on duty in Windsor.

The performing arts student has been a volunteer police cadet since he was 14 and has supported St Giles Hospice in Tamworth, helping to manage the traffic at their outdoor fundraising events. He has also volunteered for charities, supported local churches and worked as a support volunteer when events have been held at Birmingham’s Star City.

Sidrah Bi-Zahoor

As a key supporter of the student ambassador programme at Matthew Boulton College, Sidrah has a prominent role in training and supporting her fellow ambassadors, ensuring they are professional and enthusiastic during college events. She has also become a voice for those lacking the confidence to raise issues with teachers about their learning experiences.

She is currently on a vocational skills, English and maths programme to boost her own confidence and ability and hopes to progress on to a health and social care course in September.

Aliza Haroon

The 17-year-old has been recognised for her leadership role on her college’s student committee at Matthew Boulton College

The health and social care student has helped to improve the college experience of hundreds of learners, ensuring they have access to the facilities and support services they need as well as social activities to enjoy outside the classroom.

Aliza has also helped to establish a number of student- run committees including an LGBT+ Society.

Lois Hollier-Swain
She’s still learning her profession but childcare student, Lois is already going far after winning a place at a prestigious school for nannies. The 18-year-old from Halesowen is the first Stourbridge College (part of BMet) to be offered a place at Norland College in Bath. She has completed over 800 hours of work experience in a range of childcare settings. This includes volunteering with Little Think, an organisation that offers personal, health and social education workshops to primary school and nursery children to help them manage their wellbeing, emotions and behaviours.


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