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GC students raise record breaking £26k for charity

7 July 2017

Students from Gloucestershire College have smashed their own record, by raising a phenomenal £26,000 over the last 12 months for their chosen charities.

Members of the GC Student Development Team, who work closely with students to facilitate their fundraising ideas, were able to proudly present representatives from some of the College's nominated charities with cheques at a special Charity Presentation at Gloucester Campus today.

Vice Principal, Sue Steed, welcomed guests to the presentation, explaining why volunteer work is so important to student development at GC. She said:

"Every year we engage students with charity work to help them build skills for the future such as planning, communication and teamwork. They also have fun, taking a break from their studies to take part in a range of activities, which this year included a bleep test competition, penalty shoot-out and filling a car with balloons and asking people to guess the number!

"We invite charities into college to 'pitch' to the students, who then choose the causes they want to raise money for. This year the charities included the Hollie Gazzard Trust, Teens in Crisis and Winston's Wish, as well as the four charities joining us at today's presentation."

James Rogers from Cancer Research, was presented with a cheque for £1,319. He said:

"It's great to get local support like this because as a national charity, sometimes we get overlooked. It costs a lot to do the research we do and every penny counts."

Help for Heroes and British Heart Foundation were also presented with cheques, and Caroline Morgan of the NSPCC was given the proceeds of a bucket collection in Gloucester town centre. She said:

"What's been really nice is coming in to meet students throughout the year. They put their heart and soul into their fundraising activities and have fun at the same time. We've never had a group do a bucket collection dressed as storm troopers for us, so that's a first!"

The GC Student Development Team take a holistic approach to helping students become ready for the world of work or university, offering new challenges and opportunities that help them develop their soft skills. Find out more here.

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