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Christmas is a time of giving, and our Group has been truly getting into the spirit of the season. Staff and students from across our colleges and Business units have put their all into bringing festive cheer to those struggling during this cost of living crisis.
Artwork from students around the Group was submitted for inclusion in our annual Charity Art Auction, which raised a stunning £1,774 for our chosen charities, Porchlight, Demelza Hospice Care for Children, Refuge, and St Vincent de Paul Society. All of our Colleges also came together to take part in our Group’s annual Christmas Gift Appeal, with around 400 items donated by members of the EKC Group family.
In Ashford, Hair students got the chance to show off their handiwork while raising money for cash. Hosting a Christmas Hairdressing Competition, the department displayed their masterpieces as well as putting on a raffle and party games.
Another department that got creative with their fundraising was Broadstairs College’s Health and Social Care department. Learners established a jewellery and crafts pop-up shop on the campus, bringing in £122 for the Oasis Domestic Abuse Service. They also bought a range of supplies that have been made into welcome packs, set to be distributed to people who access the Service’s refuge centre.
Canterbury College was inundated with seasonal festivities, which included a number of charity-centric activities. Travel and Tourism students got hands on as they made wreaths, which they later sold in the centre of the College in support of Barnardo’s. Meanwhile learners on the College’s Level 3 Animal Management course got into the festive spirit by making Christmas boxes for dogs, filled with treats and toys. They were received by the wagging tails of the foster dogs at a local charity Futures For Dogs based in Sandwich.
The Additional Learning Support (ALS) department at Dover Technical College got their scissors and wrapping paper out as they created 40 shoeboxes, being sent out to charities across the area. The ALS staff and students also got ahead of the game by launching a successful advent calendar appeal in late November. These were donated to Dover Foodbank, which was also given a boost by a sponsored football tournament featuring Electrical students and their tutors.
These are just some of the examples of EKC Group’s fantastic charitable activities, with dozens more achieved by staff and students at each College. As a Group, we’d like to congratulate them and thank them for their hard work spreading festive cheer this Christmas.