Local and national charities benefit from college fundraising

Charities both local and national will benefit from close to £700 raised by Warrington & Vale Royal College staff and students since September as part of the college’s continued commitment to help those less fortunate.

Fundraising events have included sponsored dress-down days, coffee mornings and cake sales.

In September, the college raised £145.76 for Jeans for Genes and £320.21 for Macmillan Cancer Support. In November, £113.50 was raised for Children in Need and then in December, £100 and hundreds of toys were delivered to Warrington Neighbourhood Hub as part of the college’s toy appeal.

Other fundraising events have included a shoebox appeal – organised by Hartford-based graphic design student Shyam Patel, in aid of those sleeping on the streets in Liverpool – as well as a festive knit-a-thon in aid of St Rocco’s.

Helen Stanley, senior tutor at Warrington & Vale Royal College, said: “As a college, we are committed to generating opportunities, actively encouraging and providing practical support for learners to participate in activities which benefit the community. Many of our students are involved in a range of voluntary work, particularly through the NCS programme, but we always like to encourage even more students to take part in charitable events.”

Fellow senior tutor Nikky Bradley added: “Both staff and students alike have been fantastic this term in supporting our fundraising activities. Whether it has been digging out the denim, wearing spotty outfits or buying an extra toy when our shopping, everyone has really embraced doing their bit for charity. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far this term. We will be continuing to fundraise for a variety of charities in the New Year.”

The college also took part in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on Friday, with the total raised yet to be counted.