T Level Computing students Rosie and Georgie have used their initaitive this term, and have set out to help raise awareness of a local charity, as well as lead a donation in college for them. The charity they picked was The Lord Whisky Sanctuary, which is an animal sanctuary based near Canterbury. The sanctuary helps animals of all kinds, and they provide a safe space for animals who become homeless or who have been injured or abused, as well as ensure there is vital vet care for those on low incomes.
This charity was chosen as Rosie and Georgie wanted to make a difference in the community after our recent Community Week, but wanted to choose something outside their subject. As they are big animal lovers and due to the cost of living crisis and charities needing items more than ever, The Lord Whisky Sanctuary was their choice.
To lead these donations in college, the two used their Computing skills to create posters which were put up around the college raising awareness of their campaign. Suggested items to be donated included blankets, pet food and bedding, which could be dropped off at drop off points around campus, including the E-Hub, the two's Computing classroom and the main reception.
On Friday 9th December, Rosie and Georgie, along with some of their fellow Computing T Level students went to The Lord Whisky Sanctuary to donate the items in person. Along the way, they stopped at East Stour Primary (part of the EKC Schools Trust), who they had contacted about potential donations. The school donated some pet food, which would ensure that the animals in the sanctuary were fed extra well over Christmas.
At the Sanctuary, our students organised the items and placed them in the Vet Ambulance, so that the charity could sort them out in due course and get the right items to the right animals in need. The donations were very well recieved and Rosie and Georgie hope to do similar projects in the future throughout their time at college.
Students also had a tour of the sanctuary afterwards and got to see the various animals, including cats, dogs, rabbits, pigeons, donkeys and sheep! They also went along to the sanctuary's tea rooms after, to see what work they do there and how they raise money for the charity.
We're really proud of Rosie and Georgie for organising and promoting this charity donation, and it has been great to see that T Levels and our college allow students to get out of their comfort zone and do things that they didn't think were possible to do before joining us. Hear why they started this social action project in the video below which shows what a T Level can bring you.