Students and staff from Reaseheath College and University Centre in Nantwich have continued to raise an impressive amount of money for local charities despite the ongoing challenges posed by Covid-19.

Members of the college and university centre’s Student Association (SA) last week handed over a cheque for more than £12,600 to Hope House Children’s Hospices and have previously made a substantial donation to Body Positive.

The money was raised throughout the current academic year through RAG (Raising and Giving) activities including a daring sky dive by five SA members and a sponsored walk of the 34 mile / 55 kilometre Sandstone Trail from Frodsham to Whitchurch.

The SA also organised numerous fund raising events during Reaseheath’s RAG month and collected donations from visitors to the college’s action packed Family Festival and to its award winning stand at the Cheshire Show.

Hope House Children’s Hospices provides respite care for babies, children and young adults and offer support for around 750 families across Cheshire, Shropshire and north and mid Wales.

The cheque was presented to Hope House fundraisers Nicky Eyes and Lisa Courtney by SA members at their Student Ball.

Nicky said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed working with such an enthusiastic group of young people. They have willingly given up their free time to arrange and take part in fundraising events and have thoroughly embraced the charity’s ethos. The amazing amount of money raised is testament to their hard work and will really make a difference to the families which we support.”

RAG and Community Engagement Chair Aimee Webb said: “It has been amazing to raise money which will help children and their families who are most in need, and fundraising through exciting events has made this achievement even better! On behalf of myself, our principal, staff and students, I would like to say how delighted we are to be handing over this great donation”.

Reaseheath Principal Marcus Clinton added: “We are very proud of our students. It says a lot about their many admirable qualities that they have never wavered from their determination to raise as much as possible despite the continuing fall-out from Covid-19.

“Hope House Children’s Hospices is a wonderful charity and it’s a lovely thought that through our students’ positive endeavours and resilience they can help support young people and their families when they need it most. Our students exemplify our college’s PRIDE values and I would like to say a huge ‘well done’ to them all.”

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