To mark the season of giving, a group of students from Newcastle College took time out of their studies to raise money to buy Christmas decorations for the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle.
The students, who are all part of the College’s 14-16 provision, made calendars, decorations and snow globes which they sold to raise money. The proceeds of the sale, along with money raised through a raffle came to £100. The money was used to buy a Christmas tree and decorations for the centre.
The students then visited the centre where they helped staff to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to communal areas with their donations.
The hospice offers a range of services to local people with terminal illnesses, such as in-patient care, day services consisting of a variety of complementary therapies, support for families and spiritual support.
Gill White, Facilities Manager wrote to the students to thank them for ‘all the fantastic work’. Gill said: “We love our new Christmas tree and the decorations and we can’t thank the students enough for buying these for the Hospice. We were very impressed with all the efforts and hard work everyone put into the project. We are so grateful and it makes a huge difference to our patients and their families.”
Julie Manning, Instructor in the School of Access to Learning, added: “The Marie Curie Hospice does a phenomenal job supporting those with terminal illnesses and their families and the students really wanted to do something that would make the centre look festive for patients and visitors. Making a difference in the local community is central to what we do at the College and I am very proud of the work that the students put into fundraising for the hospice.”