GC raises almost £18k for charity
Gloucestershire College hosted its annual charity presentation and student awards this month; joined by a number of VIPs to celebrate raising almost £18k for charity, alongside the efforts and achievements of students across the College.
In September, students across the three campuses voted for the charities they wished to support over the coming year, with Gloucester Campus voting for the WAGS retired police dog charity, Cheltenham for MIND mental health charity and the Forest of Dean Campus for Leanne’s Gift, a charity set up to provide financial aid for families who have lost a young person in a road traffic accident.
We were honoured to welcome the Rt. Hon Countess Bathurst, the Mayor of Gloucester Councillor Joanne Brown, and the Sheriff and Deputy Mayor of Gloucester Councillor Howard Hyman to present cheques to each charity, as well as surprise celebrity guest and WAGS charity supporter, Nick Knowles from DIY SOS.
A grand total of £17,851.22 was raised by staff and students for these charities, as well as others, through sporting activities, cake sales, casual clothes days and more.
Speaking on behalf of WAGS, PC Clare Todd, said: “GC students have been an incredible help to WAGS this year; they have put top trump packs together and carried out lots of fundraising events in aid of the charity. Our retired police dogs will benefit 100% from the funds raised, ensuring vet fees are paid for them to live happy and healthy lives.”
This was also the first year the College recognised and celebrated the success of students collectively, during the inaugural GC Student Awards. Heads of School usually host their own awards but through CPD and work placement achievements, the Student Development Team are celebrating individuals across all departments.
Just some of the students who received awards include: Travel and Tourism students Molly Ingram, Isabella Webb and Harlee Mahon for their outstanding contribution to the AWDF during a work placement in Tenerife; Business student Eli Heathfield for his contributions to the community and the G15 partnership; and Kinsey Overthrow-Cook was named Student of the Year for her contributions to GC marketing, NUS and the Students’ Union.
The GC Student Development Team takes a holistic approach to helping students become ready for the world of work or university; offering new challenges and opportunities that help them develop a range of transferable skills. Find out more here.