Staff and students at Newton Abbot College have presented a record-breaking cheque to their chosen charity for the 2017-18 academic year, Place2Be.
Following a year-long fundraising effort, a phenomenal £13,829.04 was donated to the charity, whose work provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building resilience through talking, creative work and play. Fundraising activities throughout the academic year included bake sales, non-uniform days, sponsored swims, marathon runs and sponsored cycle rides. Over £5k was raised during the College’s largest ever fundraising event, the Templar Way walk ‘Big’ and ‘Ultra’ Challenges, that saw over sixty students and staff walking from Haytor to Newton Abbot and on to Shaldon Green.
Senior Fundraising Officer for Place2Be, Imogen Slazenger, said of the donation: “The support Newton Abbot College has shown us this year really will have a lasting impact on a lot of children; to be specific, their donation alone will enable us to give 1,975 children one of our ‘Place2Talk’ sessions. We are so grateful to Newton Abbot College for enabling us to be there for children who think they don’t have anyone.”
College Assistant Principal and Head of Fundraising, Katherine West, said: “Every year, we set a fundraising target of £10k to achieve. We have been overwhelmed by the efforts of our entire College community, who have more than risen to the challenge and have smashed the total. Charitable giving is an incredibly important aspect of life at College and we are thrilled and genuinely humbled to be able to help children in real need.”