Worthing College students making a difference in their local community!

Last Friday 7th December our Student Union organised a fantastic Christmas party for 50 local senior citizens from groups such as the Kestro Club and Guildcare.

Students prepared an afternoon tea for their guests, baked cakes, decorated the venue and organised a raffle and the entertainment which included a seasonal Quiz and a Sing a Long! Carol Webber from Kestro Worthing Stroke Club said “thank you for a great afternoon, our members had a lovely time! Well done to all the participants and the Student Union for organising”.

This was the culmination of a series of events this term where our students have made a difference in their local community covering a range of issues they care about.

In September, all the students in the Academy of Sport raised over £5,000 for Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice for Sussex, when 150 students walked from the College to Brighton Pier one Friday afternoon, a walk of 14 miles, completed in just 4 hours!

Tina Price, Academy Manager, praised her students for the spirit in which they took on the challenge saying “this is an annual event which we’ve been doing for Chestnut Tree House for the last 10 years and the competition to increase the amount raised grows every year which is fantastic to see”.

In November, 35 brave students took part in a ‘sleep out’ in the college grounds to raise money for Turning Tides, the Worthing based homeless charity. The primary aim was to gain sponsorship which they did via a Just Giving page and they used their experience to help raise awareness of this issue with their peers. It was a cold and windy night and all the students slept out from 9.00pm until 6.30am the following morning, raising just over £500.

Paul Riley, Principal commented, “I feel extremely proud of all our students who have given up their time to make a difference to the lives of others, particularly as these three events directly impact people in our local community. I know they all found it personally rewarding as well as learning and developing new skills”.

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