College Receives Two Certificates From Royal British Legion

Fri, 2000-11-03 00:00

On 25th February 2011 the East Durham College vTalent Year volunteers attended the Lord Lieutenant’s Competition Presentation Evening for the 2010 Poppy Appeal, held at Northumbria University.

At the presentation the College received a certificate to confirm an Agreement of Affiliation between East Durham College and Peterlee Royal British Legion Branch.

It was presented to the vTalent Year volunteers and Mr Robert Sherwin, Chairman of the Peterlee Branch, by Mr Don Rutherford, County Chairman of the Royal British Legion Northumbria.

All affiliated cadet force units and civilian youth groups who had assisted with the annual Poppy Appeal were also presented with a certificate and East Durham College was delighted to receive the 3rd Place Certificate of Achievement for raising £516.60.

This year, 7% of the £980,000 raised within the Northumbria Region had been contributed through the hard work of cadet and youth groups.

Liz Starkey, the Volunteer Coordinator at the College, said: “The vTalent volunteers played a major role in promoting the Poppy Appeal throughout the college. Their aim was to get every student to donate and wear a poppy as well as to raise awareness of the tremendous work of the Royal British Legion.

“The success of the Appeal was evident by the massive amount of students who attended the two minute silence in the atrium at the Peterlee Campus and in the Remembrance Garden at the Houghall Campus.”

“I’m very proud of the achievements of the volunteers,” she added.

vTalent Year is a £10.5 million national full time volunteering programme for young people. Its aim is to provide effective pathways into work and education for the young volunteers. One such volunteer is Jody Hancock who is 19 and from Shotton Colliery. When Jody finishes at the College she plans to volunteer at an orphanage in South Africa over the summer, before going to university in September.

“I am really proud of what the volunteers had achieved. When I first started volunteering at the college I had no idea of the personal rewards that volunteering could bring. I now feel very proud of my time at the college and my achievements. Attending the Presentation was amazing; it is the first time I’ve ever been to something like this,” Jody said.

Another volunteer, Daniel Wilson, added: “I feel really proud to say I helped the College to contribute so much money to the Poppy Appeal.” 

Mrs Roslyn Hastie-Murray of the Royal British Legion, who also works at the College, said: “The V Talent team have set the standard for the Poppy Appeal collection at East Durham College. I hope the students will continue the work and aim to beat the previous year’s figure. I’m very proud to have the College affiliated to the Royal British Legion.”