New College presented Prospect Hospice with a cheque for ?1,500 on 2 February, thanks to the efforts of all the staff over the course of a year.
Prospect was named as New College?s chosen charity at the start of 2005, which was the Hospice?s 25th Anniversary year.
The New College Social Committee, headed by Beverley Watts and Barbara Kimber, went to great lengths throughout the year to raise the impressive total. Fundraising activities included staff quiz nights at the College, raffles and sweets in the jar competitions, along with regular trips to West End shows.
Staff also reached deep into the reserves of their Christmas funds over the festive period. From a raffle to a giant Christmas card which was signed by a large number of the staff with generous donations, Christmas was definitely a time for giving at New College. Many even sold their unwanted presents after the Christmas break to boost the total.
Barbara Kimber, who is Personal Assistant to Principal Graham Taylor, says “Prospect Hospice is a wonderful cause which continues to provide specialist care and support for people living with life threatening illnesses.
“Staff have been extremely generous throughout the year and we are extremely proud to have been able to contribute to this very worthy charity.”
The cheque was presented to Maggie Gill, Community Fundraiser at Prospect. She said, “It?s absolutely brilliant the College has done all this over the course of a year and we?re honoured that they chose Prospect for all for all their kind donations. The fact that they had such great fun raising it is also fantastic.
She added, “Contributions like this make a huge difference and enable us to continue to provide care and support to those with life threatening illnesses. We need to find the majority of our funds from local communities and voluntary sources.
The College?s chosen charity for 2006 is CALM, the Swindon-based Children?s Cancer charity, and the kitty is already looking healthy, with much focus on a large-scale Health & Wellbeing Show on Saturday 11 March.
The show will take place in the Phoenix Theatre, restaurant and foyer at New College?s Queens Drive campus and will feature a wealth of complementary therapists from all over the area, giving taster treatments for a small fee. There will also be workshops and a range of health produces on sale throughout the day.
The show will run from 10am until 4pm and admission is free, but visitors will be encouraged to give voluntary donations to CALM on the door. All are welcome. For further details please contact Barbara Kimber on 01793 694299.
Pictured above, left to right, Maureen Debbage (Director of Human Resources), Barbara Kimber (PA to Principal), Beverley Watts (Learning Resources Assistant) Graham Taylor (Principal).