Reaseheath students to raise funds for local cancer charity

Reaseheath College has named North West Cancer Research as its chosen charity of the year.

Students at the leading land-based college in Nantwich voted for the charity after learning of its commitment to supporting cancer research in the North West.

Members of Reaseheath’s Student Association plan to raise more than £15,000 for North West Cancer Research over the next 12 months by hosting a series of fundraising events. Already planned are several band nights, a staff versus students Tough Mudder challenge and a Halloween cellar tour.

The students will also support the charity in its awareness raising campaigns which run throughout the year, such as its #suncreamselfie campaign, which highlights sun safety and skin cancer symptoms.

The funds they raise will go towards potentially lifesaving research at universities in Liverpool, Lancaster and Bangor. Projects currently supported by North West Cancer Research include the improvement of skin cancer drug treatments and the use of proton beam therapies in the treatment of patients with head and neck cancers.

Student Association RAG (Raising and Giving) Chair Tom Allen, a BSc Wildlife Conservation and Ecology undergraduate, said: “Cancer is a horrible disease which unfortunately touches so many people. We all know someone close to us who has sadly been diagnosed with cancer, or lost a loved one to it.

“As a student group we have always been keen to support local causes and charities which make a real impact to our everyday lives. When we learned of the work which North West Cancer Research does to fund lifesaving research, we knew it was a charity we wanted to support. Knowing that the money we raise will help researchers who are based locally, and that this research could potentially help people on our doorstep, was really important to us.

“We are looking forward to raising money for the charity and doing our bit to support cancer research. It’s important that we do everything we can to help give more people a chance to survive cancer, which is why we hope to raise as much money as possible in the next year.”

Over the past 28 years, students and staff at Reaseheath College have raised more than £248,000 for local charities.

Bobby Magee, fundraising manager at North West Cancer Research, said: “We are proud to have been selected as Reaseheath College’s charity of the year. Support from community groups is crucial to our fundraising as it enables us to engage with the wider community and pledge more funding for research.

“Cancer will affect one in two of us during our lifetime. Today, thanks to research, half of all people diagnosed with cancer will survive. With the help of supporters like these students, we can help eliminate cancer and save more lives sooner.”

North West Cancer Research is the biggest independent funder of cancer research in the North West and has committed to funding more than £13 million worth of research over the next five years.

Header image caption: Members of Reaseheath’s Student Association let their hair down at this year’s RAG charity ball.



Merry Christmas from the SA

This is my last blog entry of 2013…

This Saturday we have our third fundraiser in Crewe town centre, and we are hoping to beat the money raised last week with the cunning use of a big, cuddly, teddy bear mascot.

The Student Association Facebook page is now up and running so if you would like to get involved with any fundraising events, or if you just want to know what’s happening around college, then like it and keep checking it!

The Carol Service will take place on Monday at 3.30pm and will be led by our chaplain, Drew Walker.  It would be great to see a lot of students there to show their support, the service will also have a modern take on the meaning of Christmas.

For the first time in 5 years the Winter Ball tickets have sold out well in advance of the event. The meal tickets also sold out a week before the event date. Some of the SA members went on a decoration shopping trip on Thursday so we can decorate the bar. This means that the bar will be closed all day on Tuesday in order for the SA to decorate and transform the place.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and hope you have a great New Year!

Check in again in January for another update


Sam Norfolk
SA President


SA Kayaking Challenge

The first big fundraiser of the year is done and dusted! Our challenge was to kayak the length of the River Weaver in 4 hours 45 minutes. We raised a total of £87.65 in the canteen which, given that most of the donations were from students, is quite impressive.

Kayak Challenge saWe also covered the distance from Dover to Calais and back in 5.5 hours. This took place in Crewe town centre on Saturday and we raised a total of £114. We are hoping to beat that this Saturday coming when we have another kayaking challenge, this time we’ll be taking along the St. Luke’s Hospice mascot.

As of Sunday Christmas Ball tickets will be on sale to residents from the bar. The rest of the tickets will be on sale on Thursday for day students. Ball tickets are £5 or £8 for the meal and ball ticket, the dress code is black tie. Look out for the Christmas ball posters around campus for details.

Check in again next week for another update.

Sam Norfolk
SA President

Winter Ball planning and RAG

Alright guys,

Second blog now, this week after our meeting on Monday, we have been organising the decorations for the Winter Ball. We have also been discussing possible menu options for the meal which is on Tuesday 17th December. Tickets will be on sale soon so keep asking us for more info…

This week we are hoping to announce our charity for this year’s RAG. After a couple of weeks of process elimination we have shortlisted three and are looking forward to their presentations. We have a couple of events organised to kickstart fundraising in December.  The fundraiser will involve a kayaking challenge over a fair distance in both Nantwich and Crewe on the 7th and 14th December 2013.

Another event that we have organised is to steward for the Xmas lights switch on in Nantwich on the 30th November 2013, this will be happening from 4.30pm till 7.30pm. About 8 members of our SA will be volunteering their own time to help raise a donation for RAG.


Sam Norfolk
SA President

Introducing your President…

Alright guys, this is my first blog post for the Reaseheath Student Association! This blog is for keeping all Reaseheath students up to date with what’s going on at the college. Bit about me, my name is Sam Norfolk aged 20, I’m on the second year of the FdSc Adventure Sports course.

Over the last week or so, the Student Association have been collectively working on picking a charity for this year’s RAG, we’re hoping to announce this in the next couple of weeks. We have also started planning for the Winter Ball which includes decorations, menu and the DJ/band.

We have also got together to talk about some fundraising events for RAG and coming up with some challenges for us to complete throughout the year, I’ll keep you posted!

Last week we had our infamous Bavarian night which is a miniature German beer festival in the bar for over 18’s. This night was massively successful and the atmosphere was unbeatable. Check out some of the photos here, the rest can be found on Facebook.

I’ll be blogging every week so keep an eye out!

Sam Norfolk
SA President