LIfeworks College students raise over £300 for Devon Air Ambulance
Over the past 6 months Lifeworks College Students have raised over £300 for Devon Air Ambulance through a series of fundraising activities. As part of their Social Enterprise project, the students at Lifeworks College chose to raise money for The Devon Air Ambulance, and then came up with a plan of various fundraising activities that they could also incorporate into their learning curriculum.
At Christmas time the students made calendars using photos they had taken as part of their art programme and designed and created clay Christmas decorations. Valentine’s Day was an opportunity to sell valentine’s day cards and jewellery that the students had made. This included necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The College also held an art competition for students, staff, family and friends. Each person paid an entrance fee and we received a very high standard of entries. At Easter time students made flannel bunnies which also contained a chocolate egg.
Lifeworks Arts Teacher Michelle Skinner, who helped facilitate much of the fundraising, said “We are so very grateful to the Our Pavilion Café in Newton Abbot for selling our products in their community café. Also, a big thank you to staff, families and friends who have purchased and entered our competition. But the biggest thank you has to go to the students of Lifeworks College for their ideas, enthusiasm and skills in order to make the products to sell. For a small College £309 is a great achievement”.
On Monday 20th July the students were treated to a visit to Lifeworks College by Nigel Lang, a critical care paramedic from Devon Air Ambulance, where the students gave a presentation talk on how they had raised the money. Nigel said, “I am so delighted and taken aback by the innovative ways in which the Lifeworks students have raised this money. To give your time is so special and we rely on fantastic people like yourselves to raise the money needed each year to keep our helicopters flying and continue to save lives.”
Nigel also gave his own presentation to the Lifework’s College students about how the Devon Air Ambulance operates and the various ways in which fundraising can help Devon Air Ambulance as well as the people and roles within the organisation, and importantly, how their services help to deliver expert critical care to patients wherever they may be.
Karen Dorow, Head of Lifeworks College added, “We are all so proud of the students for the hard work that they have put into their fundraising. As a charity, we know the importance and benefits of fundraising and so it is wonderful to see our own students inspired in becoming fundraisers themselves. It really does tie into our College ethos that we continue to provide an innovative and engaging programme of personal, social and vocational learning for our students as well as being valued by their communities”.
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