Seevic students replace stolen charity cash

Friday, 02 October 2015

151007 Havens Stolen CashThe Havens Hospices Charity shop in West Street, Rochford, was raided at the end of August this year. The heartless thieves stole just £50 of the float left in the till, as well as causing damage to the store.

The Student Association (SA) at Seevic learned about the horrific news in the Echo newspaper and wanted to help. The team leader of the SA Samantha Zhou organised donations from each member to make up the £50 to donate to the charity shop. Samantha, 17, who studies BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business and Finance, said: “It is great to know we are helping such a worthy cause”.

 Staff at the charity were shocked and shaken up at the raid of the store. Vanessa Seymour, Assistant shop manager said: “I felt disbelief that people could raid a local charity.”

 She added: “The donation we have received from the students has made me feel uplifted again and reminded me that there are so many kind and generous people who are willing to help the charity. The donation will also help to cheer up our volunteers and have a good impact on the community.”

 Havens Hospices incorporates two hospices - Little Havens, Daws Heath Road, Benfleet, which cares for children across Essex and Fair Havens, Second Avenue, Westcliff on Sea, which cares for adults within Southend, Rochford and Castle Point. In order to ensure patients are getting the care they need Havens Hospices has to raise £100,000 per week to keep the hospices open. The charity shops are a key way of raising money for the charity with 21 shops across Essex.

 Little Havens are inviting local schools and colleges to attend an Open Event on Tuesday 24 November. Students will learn more about the care they provide to children and families. To find out more information call 01702 220 305.

The College’s Student Association represents the needs and concerns of all its students. It is affiliated with the National Union of Students (NUS), meets regularly to contribute towards the decision making process at the College, and supports a range of local and national charities. 

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