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Fundraising cheques presented to Hampshire Air Ambulance and Epilepsy Research UK

Eastleigh College students and staff recently presented Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and Epilepsy Research UK with donations amounting to £2,750!

Chief Executive and Principal Dr Jan Edrich, along with students from the College, presented cheques to representatives from both charities. The money was raised through a range of fundraising activities that took place throughout the 2014/15 academic year which included a college jeans day, Movember, Christmas jumper day, cake sales and coffee mornings, a Community Day in May and craft sales.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance respond to road traffic collisions, sporting accidents, collapses and many other incidents throughout Hampshire every day. Joanna Hennessy, Schools and Youth Fundraiser, said “Thank you to all the students of Eastleigh College for the impressive amount of funds raised in aid of our charity. Your creative fundraising and generosity will keep Hampshire and Isle of Wight Ambulance flying and saving lives”.

Epilepsy Research UK supports and promotes basic and clinical scientific research into the causes, treatments and prevention of epilepsy. Leigh Slocombe, Chief Executive, said “Epilepsy Research UK would like to thank everyone at Eastleigh College for fundraising so generously on our behalf.  The money raised will go towards the Lara Weston Memorial Fund.  Lara died following an epileptic seizure soon after starting an office Apprenticeship at Eastleigh College, and her family set up her memorial fund to support Epilepsy Research UK’s research that will help transform the lives of those affected by epilepsy.”

Jan Edrich 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.”