Bradford College students and staff joined Sir Terry Wogan, Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton, on Friday 19th November 2010, to help raise money for the BBC’s Children in Need. The charity aims to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.
A series of fund raising events took place around the campus including students and staff selling buns, biscuits and raffle tickets in a bid to raise money for the worthy cause. Mellor’s catering staff also volunteered to dress up and have wet sponges thrown at them at the Trinity Green campus, whilst
Bradford College Sixth Form students and staff arrived in fancy dress at the Westbrook building to collect money for Children in Need.
Students from Early Years and Health and Social Care raised over £1500, Public Services students and students from the Sixth Form Centre raised over £300 each. Also Mellors, the catering company at College raised over £200.
Helen Denning Early Years, Health and Care Tutor comments, “We’re thrilled at our students raising so much money. It is a fantastic experience for the students especially because all the money goes to support children. Students are challenged in a fun way and get to explore different ways of using their skills to raise money. They had to work together to plan and market their products, create posters, leaflets and learn budgeting skills.”
Public Services, Lecturer, Louise Mollicone said: “Raising funds for Children in Need is such a worthy cause. There are many children living in poverty, deprivation or suffering through distress, abuse or neglect that will be helped through the appeal.” Louise added: I’m so proud of the Public Services students who have grown in confidence through running these events.”
Elaborating further, Curriculum Team Leader, Veronique Leygue said: “The Student Council organised a collection for Children in Need. They approached College Lecturers and asked if they would get into the spirit of the charity and wear a fancy hat or even an outfit for the day.” Veronique added: “The Student Council are really proactive when it comes to charity initiatives; last week they organised an event to raise funds for victims of the devastating floods in Pakistan.”
Last year was the 30th BBC Children in Need appeal and a record breaking £39 million was raised.
The Children in Need's official logo Pudsey Bear also has Yorkshire connections. He was created by a BBC graphics designer, Joanna Ball, who named him after her home town of Pudsey where she was born.
Backing the initiative, Healthy College Manager, Jane Marshall said: “There’s a fantastic atmosphere here at Trinity Green, everyone’s really gone the extra mile and brought in home made goodies, donations for the raffle - and the student have been really proactive in selling them.” Jane added: “It’s great when everyone pulls together for such a good cause.”