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Newark College staff and students donated gifts to charities as part of #GoodforMeGoodforFE project.

College staff and students visited local charities to deliver gifts, including chocolates as well as many groceries, and bring some festive cheers.

Over the last few weeks, Newark College staff and students have been donating gifts and food items for local charities in a reverse advent calendar project for #GoodforMeGoodforFE

Penny Taylor, right, and college staff with the donations. (53862827)
Penny Taylor, right, and college staff with the donations. (53862827)

It is a nationwide campaign across further education (FE) colleges which collectively aims to generate £1m of social value across communities.

Figures show collectively the campaign has to-date already generated £500,000 social value, 26,203 volunteering hours, 45,879 food items and £19,871 in fundraising.

Speaking about the campaign, Penny Taylor, Newark College lead for education and training, said it signified true generosity from staff and students.

She said: “We are delighted to support this campaign as we already know the important roles colleges play in their communities, but this campaign highlights the true generosity of staff and students when it comes to supporting others.

“Our staff undertake a wide range of voluntary roles outside of work in our local community and this not only enhances their lives, but the lives of others.

“We were pleased to be able to allow staff time to leave work and engage directly with local organisations.

“Staff chose the charities we supported and the Children’s Bereavement Centre, Beaumond House, The Salvation Army and the foodbank were delighted to see us.

“We also surprised the elves at the grotto in the town centre who are volunteering to support the Children’s Bereavement Centre run this year.

“Other staff have been visiting workplaces with free college mugs, while two members of staff joined a community band to play Christmas carols. The impact of how this enhances the lives of all involved is clear.

“In addition to this, through kind donations from Morrisons and Lindums we were able to provide food bags containing the items to cook a meal and pudding, drinks, a chocolate treat and toiletries, for students to take home and practice their cooking skills, following the recipes provided.”

Rachel Wilson, from the Children’s Bereavement Centre, said: “It was a lovely surprise to see Team Newark College at the Santa’s grotto. Their festive outfits were amazing, and the elves loved their surprise gift.

“They are definitely on the nice list this year. We are extremely grateful for the gifts donated to the centre and these will put a lot of smiles on children’s faces.”

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