The student's community spirit shone through as they raised funds to create Christmas hampers and care packages for those in need.
Tess Cole, Vice Principal of Foundation & Adult Learning, said: “I’d love to start by thanking everyone who supported our students and staff with their community projects. I’m very proud of our students, who’ve clearly worked really hard and have shown a lot of creativity in what they’ve achieved. Well done to all."
Find out more about how Engage Group 3, Engage Group 6 and Prince's Trust Team 131 helped their local community below:
For their Supporting Others in the Local Community project, eight students, along with four staff members, completed a 3.5-mile sponsored walk from Arundel Campus to Highbury Campus, Cosham to raise £436. The group used this money to create five Christmas hampers for local low-income families. Thanks also goes to Tesco Superstore, Crasswell Street who generously donated a food hamper towards their cause.
Foundation Prospects Lecturer and Engage Programme Lead Samantha Gott said: “The students decided they wanted to help those in need over the Christmas period, and we came across the Portsea Events Group in The News. I made contact to see how we could help, and it was suggested that we could create several bespoke food hampers for families within the Portsea community. In total, we helped five families ranging from a two- to a nine-people within a household, with children as young as six months to 16 years old.”
As part of their Team Challenge, this group of students also completed a 3.5-mile sponsored walk from Arundel Campus to Highbury Campus and raised £150. The group then put together a Christmas hamper for a local family of nine.
Four students, with the support of three staff members, completed an 83-mile sponsored static bike ride/run and raised £256. The group then created 19 shoe boxes full of toiletries, warm accessories, blankets and snack items. The donations were distributed by local charity The LifeHouse, who work closely with people who are at risk of becoming homeless or who are already living on the streets.
Samantha Gott added: “Our other group of students decided they wanted to support the homeless community in Portsmouth. After some research, they and came across the shoe box appeal and felt this was the best way help.”