Charity begins at College

Charity Week event

College students with the College’s Enterprise Engagement Officer Jess Widdowson (left) and Katie Tomlinson of Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Our students and staff raise thousands of pounds for national and local charities each year, through activities ranging from bed pushes to cake sales.

The College’s Enterprise department has followed up this commitment to raising funds for good causes by hosting a fair to mark UK Charity Week.

The event highlighted the incredible work of charities based in Barnsley and South Yorkshire and raised awareness of important causes, encouraging students and staff to fundraise for charities and promoting volunteering opportunities within the charitable sector.

The charities in attendance included Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Age UK Barnsley, Barnsley Hospital Charity – Tiny Hearts Appeal, Barnsley Hospice, The Exodus Project, The Refugee Council, Centrepoint Barnsley, Donate Take, BIADS (Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support), TADS (Therapies for Anxiety, Depression and Stress), Wombwell Operatic Society, Barnsley YMCA, Beacon South Yorkshire and Cancer Research UK.

During the fair, students were encouraged to enter a competition where they chose a charity to fundraise for and explain why they made that particular choice. The winner, chosen by College Principal Chris Webb, was Catering student Callum Bentley. Callum picked the mental health charity Mind and explained that he selected the charity because ‘they helped me when I was going through rough patches and helped me go in the right direction.’ Callum’s prize was a Beats Pill wireless speaker.

A further prize of £20 in High Street vouchers was awarded to Childcare student Caitlin Raggett, whose chosen charity was Cancer Research UK.

Gareth Stewart, Enterprise Team Leader, said: “The College will continue to work with and support many of the charities who attended the event. Several already have extremely positive relationships with the College and we are looking to foster new links with the other charities who supported the event.

“We received a number of excellent entries for the competition with some really touching and heartfelt contributions. Callum’s entry was selected because of his personal connection to the work that Mind do to support people within our community.”

See more about our Enterprise department

Last updated: 11th January 2019

Originally posted on: 17th December 2018