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College presents fundraising cheques to Hampshire Air Ambulance and Epilepsy Research UK

Eastleigh College recently presented Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and Epilepsy Research UK with donations amounting to £2,676!

The money was raised through a range of fundraising activities that took place throughout the 2015/16 academic year which included a Christmas Fayre run by Event Management students, Pancake flipping, cake sales, staff vs students cycle challenge and a charity dinner in the college’s new East Avenue restaurant.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance flies 365 days a year, both day and night, providing immediate, life-saving critical care to patients when they need it most. Joanna Hennessy, Schools and Youth Fundraiser, said “It currently costs in excess of £9,000 a day to maintain our life saving service, and we receive no Government or National Lottery funding for routine operations. It is only thanks to the generosity of the communities that we serve that we are able to keep the Air Ambulance Flying and saving lives”.

Epilepsy Research UK supports and promotes basic and clinical scientific research into the causes, treatments and prevention of epilepsy. Shona Scott, Fundraising Officer, said “We are hugely grateful to all the students and staff at Eastleigh College for raising such a fantastic total to support the work of Epilepsy Research UK. The money raised will make a significant contribution to the funding available for our 2017 research grant awards, and will support much-needed new research to help transform the lives of those living with epilepsy.”

Jan Edrich, Chief Executive at Eastleigh College commented “The staff and students have had great fun organising and participating in fundraising events over the year. It’s rewarding knowing our efforts will be put to such good use by the charities, both locally and nationally.”