Students have their say on charity fundraising plans

Published: November 24, 2017

Telford College has revealed the charities it will be supporting for the coming year after the results of a student vote.

More than 700 people at the Haybridge Road campus took part in the ballot, with Severn Hospice – which is also the Telford & Wrekin mayor’s charity this year – emerging as the winner.

The college’s King Street campus will once again be supporting the Georgia Williams Trust, in memory of its former student council member.

As in previous years, Telford College will also be running two seasonal campaigns in the run-up to Christmas to provide gifts and meals for the need – Tins For Telford, and Christmas Smile.

Daniel Blasczyk, enrichment co-ordinator at Telford College, said: “For many years now our students have raised awareness of food banks via the Tins for Telford campaign.

“In recent years we have also supported the Christmas Smile campaign. It’s great to see that our students are once again so keen to support our local community.’’

Telford College student Connor Williams is a volunteer at Severn Hospice shops in Oakengates and Wellington, helping with administration.

Charity | Telford College | Student Council representatives with Councillor Stephen Reynolds, John Ironmonger, and Daniel Blasczyk

Charity | Telford College | Student Council representatives with Councillor Stephen Reynolds, John Ironmonger, and Daniel Blasczyk

The BTEC in Applied Science Level 3 student said: “Without the vital support received from fundraising events and donations, the hospice would not be able to operate the service it runs.

“We would like to thank everyone who does things for us, no matter how irrelevant they may be or how worthless they may feel.”

Mayor of Telford & Wrekin, Councillor Stephen Reynolds, visited the Haybridge Road campus to talk to the student council about why he too is backing the Severn Hospice charity appeal.

He said “I was delighted to be able to come in. I really value the support of the students who showed great interest in the work of the Severn Hospice and my role as mayor of the borough.

“I am delighted they have chosen to support the Mayor’s Charity and look forward to working closely with the student council this year.”

Former Telford College lecturer John Ironmonger, now working with Crisis Telford which provides food packs for the needy, also met the group to explain how the students’ efforts would make a difference.

He said: “It was great to return to the college to continue our historical Christmas relationship.

“Over the last few years the collection from Telford College has seen us being able to support families not just over the Christmas but in the weeks after the new year.”

Among the fundraising ideas discussed by the student council, was a visit to Severn Hospice by hair and beauty students to give free treatments.

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