In just two and a half weeks goodies including luxury toiletries, sweet treats, designer masks, handmade decorations and essential food items have been collected from the College’s three campuses and donated to two local charitable projects: Christmas Hampers for Care Homes and the Caring Hands Food Bank.
Following Shaping Portsmouth’s Christmas appeal, students and staff sprang into action, creating four magnificent hampers for residents at Kinross Residential Care Home, Hamilton House Care Home and Cosham Court Nursing Home.
Crafty creations included Christmas cards by Level 3 art & design students, designer masks from Level 3 fashion students and a selection of seasonal stocking fillers from travel & tourism, public services, business and health & social care students.
Sam Johnson, Administrator at Cosham Course Nursing Home, added: “Projects like this help our residents feel less isolated and reminds us that although we have been out of sight for much of this year, the community hasn’t forgotten us – thank you to everyone who contributed and Merry Christmas to all.”
Donations to Caring Hands Food Bank included a huge variety of essential food and emergency provisions for individuals and families in need this Christmas. The North End-based food bank is the latest social action project from the Family Church, an organisation dedicated to supporting a health community.
Annie Keeping, Community Worker & Food Bank Coordinator at Care Hands Food Bank, said: "We are so grateful for the generous donation from Highbury. The donation will help us continue to meet the need across the city ensuring no one goes hungry."
Penny Wycherley, Interim Principal and CEO of Highbury College, said: “I’m so proud of our amazing students and staff who have worked together to support the community in such a tremendous way. It will make a huge difference to so many people this Christmas – thank you to each one of you who supported or donated.”