Staff and students at Newton Abbot College have presented a cheque in excess of £10k for their chosen charity for the 2018-19 academic year, Julian House.
Following another year of continual fundraising by the College, a cheque for £10,275.92 was presented to Julian House representative, Sarah Lakey, who joined the College for a house assembly on the morning of 30 September.
The charity, which offers a range of services to address the symptoms of homelessness as well as the underlying causes, have been involved in some of the College’s fundraising efforts; most notably, the ‘Big Sleep Out’ that saw staff and students sleeping outside with no equipment other than sleeping bags and cardboard, which raised an impressive £534.10. Other fundraising events during the academic year have included bake sales, sponsored swims, jam making, non-uniform days and sponsored silences. For the second year running, the College organised the “Templar Way Walk Challenge”, inviting staff and students to tackle either a 12 or 18 mile walk starting from Haytor, passing through Newton Abbot and ending at Shaldon Green. This year’s challenge raised over £4k towards the College’s overall target.
Senior Community & Events Fundraiser for Julian House, Sarah Lakey, said: “It has been fantastic to work with such an inspirational College, full of motivated and enthusiastic students. Throughout this process, we have developed students’ social education surrounding the issues of homelessness. This incredible amount of money will make a significant, positive impact supporting homelessness across Devon.”
Assistant Principal and Fundraising Lead, Katherine West, said: “Once again, our students have risen to the challenge of raising such an incredible amount of money for such a worthwhile cause. Supporting local charities such as Julian House gives our students the opportunity to see the real and lasting effect their efforts have achieved. We couldn’t be more grateful for the time and effort everyone has taken to raise such an impressive sum of money that will help those in our local community.”