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.”
We are delighted to have been recognised by The Times Education Awards for the support we provide to students who need to re-sit their GCSEs after leaving school. The excellent results our students achieved last summer include more than twice the national average gaining a maths GCSE, testament to the dedicated team of teachers who use innovative approaches and techniques to inspire our learners.
Young chefs and hospitality students from Eastleigh College were joined by other competitors from training providers across the south to take part in the southern regional heat of an established national competition. The Major Series 2020, which is organised by Major International in conjunction with the Craft Guild of Chefs, saw 50 competitors take over Eastleigh College's three professional kitchens and East Avenue restaurant and work their culinary majic across ten different classes from 'afternoon tea' to 'street food'.