Students and staff raise thousands for Charity

Staff and students enjoyed a very busy first term of fundraising for various local and national charities - raising nearly £5000.

Between September and December, the College took part in nearly a dozen events, including Macmillan Coffee Morning, Children in Need, Remembrance Day, Christmas jumper day, Headway gala dinner, Shrewsbury Christmas Market, Welsh 3000s challenge and more.

These events raised money for Macmillan Cancer Research, Children in Need, Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes, Help the Children, Headway, The Ark, Shropshire Paddle Sports, Think it Pink and Hope House.

Activities ranged from walking a dozen of the biggest mountains in Wales to hair shaving, selling home-made cakes, an all-day spin-a-thon, wearing onesies to college, cooking for a formal gala and helping out at a soup kitchen amongst other things.

Phil Castle, Student Events Ambassador, said: “We are always overwhelmed with how enthusiastic our students and staff are when it comes to fundraising. The students regularly approach me and their tutors to discuss ideas they have, which we always try and accommodate. As well as raising money for worthy causes, getting involved with charity events is a great way for our students to work as a team and take on a variety of roles, from baking to marketing.

“We are extremely proud of the amount of money we have raised in the first term, and we already have a list of fundraising events for the upcoming months.”

Outdoor Adventure student, Katie Perkins, who took part in the Welsh 3000s charity challenge, said: “When we completed the challenge it was extremely emotional. We were relieved, tired and proud of each other. The whole challenge brought us all close together we really did have to work as a team and the challenge of raising money for a local charity definitely spurred us all on.”

Chris Taylor, Catering student, took part in the Headway gala dinner, which aimed to raise money to publish a local cook book to create funds on an ongoing basis for Headway Shropshire - which provides care, support and rehabilitation to people with acquired brain injuries within the county. He said: “It was a privilege to work with some of the best chefs in Shropshire and to learn so many new techniques and way of doing things.

“They were all really helpful and it was a great honour for me. Doing something like this for a cause like this makes the whole experience even better.”

To keep up to date with the colleges fundraising activities follow us on Facebook: /shrewsburycollege, Twitter: @shrewsburycol and Instagram, shrewsbury_college

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