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College raises almost £10k for charity

9 February 2016
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Help for Heroes staff and volunteers with their cheque

Gloucestershire College recently hosted a charity presentation to donate almost £10,000 its students and staff raised during 2015 to 24 charities, and announce its 2016 charities.

Vice Principal Sue Steed presented cheques to each main charity at the event: £2,033.71 to Nick Broady (Chairman – Pied Piper Appeal), £1,299.58 to Emma Garvey (Fundraising Manager – Macmillan) and £992.07 to Patricia Darke (Help for Heroes). The money was raised through everything from cake sales, concerts and family fun days to charity auctions, sponsored walks and even a neon-a-thon.

16-year-old Motor Vehicle student Jamil Nasser and 17-year-old A Level student Megan Cowe, from Gloucester, and 17-year-old A Level student Jacques Robinson from Moreton-in-Marsh, also delivered a short talk highlighting their fundraising experiences, which they found both rewarding and confidence-building.

In addition to the £4,325.36 raised for the three main charities, a total of £5,480.19 was also raised for other local and national charities, including: Jeans for Genes, The Spring Centre, Breast Cancer, the Royal British Legion, Wildhearts, The Forest Foodbank, Great Oaks Dean Forest Hospice, Red Nose Day, Cancer Research UK, Vale Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre, Severn Freewheelers, Gloucestershire Young Carers, Studio 340 County Community Projects, The Butterfly Centre, Children’s Centre, Children in Need, Moat Primary School, The Salvation Army, Play Gloucestershire, British Red Cross and the Hollie Gazzard Trust.

Plus, the College’s three main charities for 2016 were also revealed at the event – voted for by GC staff and students for the first time – and we are delighted to announce that these are Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation, and Help for Heroes for the second year running.

Emma Neath, Student Experience Manager at the College, said: “It was a privilege to see the charities collect their money and speak so highly of GC and all that its students and staff do. Help for Heroes have offered some amazing opportunities for work-related activities and further support for those who are passionate about the organisation. This is the first time the nominated charities have been the result of a democratic vote, which is exciting, as we hope students will be particularly passionate in their fundraising and volunteering.

“Students can use their fundraising experiences to earn GC Open Badges – it is just as important they use these amazing experiences to improve their future prospects and show what determined and selfless young people they can be. The GC community should be so proud of this achievement – whether you have donated £1 or run a project – every little counts!”

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. In particular this will be used to fund distraction toys for the optometry waiting and treatment areas, toys for the Oncology playroom and at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, and colourful children’s chairs for the Paediatric Assessment Unit waiting room. 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.”

Tricia Darke, Help for Heroes COTY Account Manager, South, said: "We would like to say a huge thank you to all staff and students of Gloucestershire College for nominating Help for Heroes for another year to be the College's charity for 2016. Also for their amazing fundraising efforts throughout 2015 in which they raised an amazing £992.07."

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