Students spread Christmas cheer to disadvantaged children

10 December 2014

Gloucestershire College’s Foundation Studies students are spreading a little Christmas cheer this season by raising funds for the County Community Project’s annual Hamper Scamper and donating £420 worth of presents to disadvantaged children, young people, families and vulnerable adults.

Eight of the College’s Adult Employability students undertook a sponsored walk in Frampton-on-Severn in late November, and they have continued to work hard since to purchase, wrap and donate the gifts to the giving scheme.

These include 20-year-old Eli Heathfield from Newent, Jessica Bennion from Dymock and Robert Cooper from Gloucester; 18-year-old Sian Perry from Gloucester; and 21-year-old Daniella Tobin, Robert Fisher, Alex Pritchard and Ashley Crawford, all from Gloucester.

Lecturer, Penny Rolfe, said: “The students were inspired when they heard of the Hamper Scamper scheme, and how it would benefit disadvantaged children. They have wholly participated in this project as they wanted to make a difference.”

The students were given gift tags by the CCP, each with a name, age and Christmas gift wish for one child, and a guide present price of £15 each. They then budgeted and shopped according to these, resulting in a haul of presents spanning games, dolls, cuddly toys, puzzles, racing cars, craft kits, hair accessories and tins of chocolates and biscuits.

Chris Knight, the Youth Services Manager for CCP, said: “It’s fantastic to have the Adult Employability students on board with this year’s Hamper Scamper. The monies they have raised through their sponsored walk have bought gifts and chocolates for 20 disadvantaged children.

“The gifts will make such an incredible difference to these young people at Christmas.”

Once the students have wrapped their gifts, they will present them to Chris Knight at Gloucester Campus, at 9am on Thursday 11 December, in time for Santa to make his Christmas Eve deliveries.  

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