Sponsored walks raise £1,000 for charity

Friday, 12 May 2017

IMG_2853Students on Seevic College’s Supported Internship course have raised just short of £1,000 for three charities: MacMillan Cancer, NSPCC and Cancer Research.

As part of their Personal and Social Development (PSD) unit, 27 students walked 14 miles to fundraise for the selected causes.

Student Michael Hayes, 17 from Basildon, said: “As a class, we chose three charities that are close to our hearts. Our friends and family have been really supportive and generous.

“It has been a great experience to raise money, and it helped us keep walking knowing that we were doing it for others.”

The college’s PSD unit encourages its students to gain a better understanding of areas such as healthy living, working as part of a group, healthy eating and hygiene.

Supported Internship tutor Debbie Butler discussed the benefits that the activity gave her students: “The students have done really well, and we are very proud of the amount of money raised for the charities.

“From counting the money that was collected, through to writing risk assessments, the sponsored walks also gave the students the chance to improve key life skills such as maths, writing and communication.”

The college’s Supported Internship programme helps young people with a learning difficulty or disability to make their first steps into employment; learning new skills in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

A leading college in South Essex for Special Educational Needs, Seevic College, based in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, have seen their Foundation Learning cohort triple since 2010. Their courses are designed to prepare young people with and without learning difficulties for adulthood, to ultimately improve their life opportunities.

For more information about the college’s Foundation Learning courses, please call 01268 756 111 or visit www.seevic-college.ac.uk/foundation.

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