As well as educating our students to achieve their chosen careers, we educate them in how to live their lives; helping them to become better, more rounded individuals who make a positive contribution to their communities.
That’s why each year our students and staff raise thousands of pounds to support the causes they think need it most through volunteering and fundraising activities. As well as giving our students an opportunity to develop those important soft skills employers are looking for, volunteering increases their self-confidence, self-esteem and self-discipline.
In 2015 alone the College raised almost £10,000 for 24 charities, including its three main charities the Pied Piper Appeal, Macmillan and Help for Heroes.
Nick Broady, Chairman of the Pied Piper Appeal, said: “We are delighted to receive such a large amount of money from the College. It will go a long way towards helping sick and disabled children in Gloucestershire. Thank you to all of the staff and students who have supported us over the last year; it makes a difference to a lot of children’s lives.”
For the first time in 2016, staff and students were given the opportunity to nominate and campaign for the College’s three main charities, which are as follows:
Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK pioneers life-saving research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Every year the charity spends hundreds of millions of pounds on research into diagnosing, preventing and treating cancer. It is the biggest single independent funder of cancer research in Europe, supporting the work of more than 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses across the UK.
The charity also provides cancer information to the public and develops evidence-based policy to inform government decisions related to cancer and research.
British Heart Foundation
British Heart Foundation is the UK’s leading heart charity and largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer and its pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.
The charity also keeps the public up-to-date with information about heart disease, provides resources for healthcare professionals and campaigns for better services for heart patients.
Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes provides direct, practical support to wounded, injured and sick service personnel, veterans and their families. This is provided through grants to individuals and other service charities, capital build projects and support for life at its four Recovery Centres across the UK.
The charity’s mission is to deliver an enduring national network of support for the country’s wounded and their families, to inspire and enable those who have made sacrifices to achieve their full potential.