Students Raise Money For Emergency Services Foundation

A group of first year Uniformed Public Services students, at East Durham College, recently held a team based charity fundraising morning as part of their course and raised over £180.

The students decided to raise money for the recently formed PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation.

Gill Draper, Lecturer in Uniformed Public Services, said: “You will probably recall that David was shot whilst on duty in Newcastle by Raoul Moat last July.

“He has now set up this charity which aims to relieve the financial hardship that some personnel of the Emergency Services may face after being criminally injured whilst on duty.

“I’m sure you will agree this is a fantastic charity doing some excellent work and I’m really proud of the effort the students put in to raise as much money as they could.”

Student Hannah Johnston, aged 16 from Sherburn Village near Durham, said “It was a challenge to plan and carry out the task but we enjoyed doing it, especially as we were raising money for such a good charity.”

The fundraising activities included guess the number of sweets in a jar, guess the teddy’s name and a cake sale.

A sports day is also planned by the group for later in the year to raise more money for the same charity.