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Students raise money for Demelza Hospice at CSP in the Park

Canterbury College students attended CSP in the Park on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May to raise funds for Demelza by running a variety of activities and shows.

CSP in the Park is a yearly event that takes place in Dane John Gardens, providing the local community with a free music festival over two days of the May bank holiday weekend.

Hairdressing students set up a festival hair stall where they put their braiding skills to the test, creating glittery hairstyles for event visitors, putting all donations towards supporting Demelza.

Bernadette Till, Programme Leader for Hairdressing said: “Our students gain a great deal from this community project by working with the public. This is something that can be daunting for them to begin with. Gaining this confidence is a very important part of the industry they are joining.”

Art & Design students made sustainable festival bracelets out of recycled materials, giving younger visitors a chance to get involved in crafts.

Ben Kidger, head of Canterbury School of Visual Arts attended the event and said: “There was a real sense of community, a wonderful, free event where all ages interacted with each other to celebrate music and visual arts. Our students got a lot from this as its vital for them to be able to practice dealing with the public and develop their interpersonal communication skills”

Both activities proved to be very popular, giving students the opportunity to gain work experience whilst raising money for charity at the same time.

Music students had the opportunity to perform in a dedicated tent throughout the day, drawing in the crowds with various acoustic sets and band performances. They also performed on the main stage throughout Sunday afternoon.

The total amount raised is currently being counted by Demelza and we will announce a grand total once this has been completed.