Students from East Coast College’s Uniformed Public Services have helped the East Point Rotary Club to boost their fundraising.
The students presented the club with £65 after collecting donations from fellow students and worked alongside the club members when they took to the streets as part of the Santa Sleigh collections around the town which raised in excess of £6,000.
The Rotary Club raises money for a wide range of good causes and just over 50 per cent of the money goes to good causes locally. Last year the club, together with the other two Rotary Clubs in the town, put the money they had raised to buy over 900 dictionaries for Year 3 pupils in local primary schools. Several students from East Coast College have also benefitted directly from the club’s fundraising and were selected to take part in a leadership course at Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire. In the last two years, four students from the college have been sponsored by Rotary Clubs making it possible for them to take part in an exciting week of challenges and activities designed to push participants and test their mental and physical strength, as well as their leadership, team working and communication skills.
As a result of this link, students from the college are planning to continue to help with the fundraising efforts of East Point Rotary. They are already planning to collect donations and sponsorship for a challenge being taken on by the Club’s President Paul Wilkinson. In April, Mr Wilkinson will be putting on his walking boots to follow Hadrian’s Wall from Bowness-on-Soleway to Tynemouth. The 90 mile route is expected to take five days to complete and all money raised from the fundraiser will be donated to the Sandra Chapman Centre and the Louise Hamilton centre in memory of Mr Wilkinson’s first wife Sue who sadly died from cancer.
Mr Wilkinson said: “We at East Point are grateful for the support we receive from the students at Lowestoft College and hope the good work we do together can continue in 2017.”
Picture shows: East Coast College Uniformed Public Services students Jake Simmons, Jean Tingey and Alex Muddeman with Paul Wilkinson