A group of Kent colleges has raised more than £3,500 for four charities as part of its Christmas Gift Appeal.
EKC Group, partnering with South London-based Christ The King Sixth Form Colleges (CTK), brought in £3,551 with a GoFundMe campaign and charity art auction.
The art auction - which ended on December 17 - consisted of pieces donated by staff members and students, raising £621 by itself.
Highlights included a signed limited edition photographic print from award-winning Photographer and Lecturer at EKC Group's Folkestone College, Zak Waters, which raised £100.
Others included student Broadstairs College student Mark’s ‘Silver Birch’ painting, raising £41 from 6 bids, and the £38 brought in by a George Floyd diptych created by CTK St Mary’s Graphics student, Heritage.
Meanwhile the GoFundMe brought in a total of £2,930. The top donations saw £1,000 given by Metric Capital OurTurn Global, £500 from David Kelly and £500 by DSP Drainage.
On top of these two efforts, CTK and EKC Group have organised a donation drive for gifts in aid of those less well-off this Christmas.
Students and staff members handed in about 1,500 gifts which were then distriuted across Kent and South London.
The superlative effort has been spearheaded by husband-and-wife duo Graham and Shireen Razey, who are Chief Executive Officer of EKC Group and Executive Principal of Christ The King Sixth Form Colleges respectively.
This charity drive has been running alongside numerous charitable deeds by students at both College groups. Animal Management students at Canterbury College created festive packages for their four-legged friends at Dogs Rescue and AA Dog Rescue, meanwhile CTK ran “Jumpers for Jimmy” saw students and staff wear Christmas jumpers to raise money for the Mizen Foundation.