Students Raise Money For Armed Forces Charity

Fri, 2000-11-17 00:00

A group of college students were thrilled to present a cheque for over £300 to Help for Heroes.

The first year students, enrolled on a Uniformed Public Services course, at East Durham College organised and took part in numerous fundraising activities to help raise money for the charity.

Every year the staff and students on the course choose a charity they would like to help throughout the year, often one which is linked to the military or emergency services.

The group of 20 students carried out loads of different fundraising activities such as charity car washes, cake sales, charity collections and putting College lecturers in the stocks to be ‘sponged’. This all helped to raise £355 for the charity.

Steven Molyneux, who is 20 and from Peterlee, was one of the students involved. “The day I took part in the car washing it was raining and freezing cold outside, obviously not ideal weather for it - but it was well worth it.”

Fellow student, Kate Dinsdale, who is also 20 and from Seaham, added: “It was the same when we put the teachers in the stocks, there was even ice on the pavement that morning so we had to warm the water a little before we threw the wet sponges at the teachers. It was a good laugh and for a really worthy cause.”

Help for Heroes was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry in October 2007 out of a desire to help wounded Servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Nigel Stevens, a local coordinator for the charity, said: “Obviously we are very thankful for the hard work the students have put in. They’ve really put their minds to it and raised a large amount of money for our cause.

“All of the funds we have received go directly to the injured people within the armed forces.”

Another person delighted by the students’ efforts was their lecturer Gill Draper.

“I’m very proud of their hard work in planning and arranging the activities. The students have had first hand experience of talking to military personnel who have been both physically and psychologically injured from active service so they understand the important work of the charity.”