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As 2017 draws to a close and the festive break approaches, staff and learners at South Staffordshire College have been busy raising money and offering support to well deserved charities during their seventh annual Volunteer Day.
An annual highlight in the college calendar, this year, the event took place on Friday 8th December and once again, saw learners and staff from the college’s campuses in Tamworth, Lichfield and Rodbaston take part in a wide range of voluntary and fundraising activities, all of which are intended to have a positive impact on the wider community. As with previous years, the collective efforts across the campuses will make a significant difference to a wide variety of people and charities, who often rely on the goodwill and support of others.
This year, learners at the College’s Lichfield Campus have pledged their support to ‘The Magic of Milly’, by donating gifts to a ‘Secret Santa’ for patients, parents and staff who will be spending Christmas at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Established by Milly’s loving family, the charity was founded following the tragic loss of Milly to a very rare congenital condition on the eve of her second birthday. Established in 2015, ‘The Magic of Milly’ has to date raised over £94,000 to help fund the continued care and support of children like Milly and their families.
The learner’s enthusiasm for the event shone through as they also undertook a range of additional fundraising activities in the build up to the big day itself. Learners who are studying animal care at Rodbaston Campus, donned their wellies and braved the elements as they set out on a 6 mile sponsored walk that saw them raise over £200 for the Midlands Air Ambulance on Wednesday 6th December.
Other learners also organised cake and jewellry sales to raise funds for the British Wildlife Rescue Centre and Newlife Charity, while staff from the College’s HR department completed a ‘cake sale roadshow’ that generated £143.75 for the Army Benevolent Fund.
Volunteer day is just one of the many ways that South Staffordshire College encourage their learners and staff make a valuable contribution to their communities. Regular fundraising and sponsored events have seen the college raise funds for a wide range of charities including Children in Need, Cancer Research and many more. Learners also take part in and contribute to a wide range of community projects including arts festivals throughout the academic year.
To explore the range of full and part time courses on offer at South Staffordshire College visit our courses page or call the dedicated team on 0300 456 2424. With hundreds of opportunities starting in January; including fast-track courses for those aged 16 plus, why not start your new year as you mean to go on.