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Lakes College students are appealing for Cumbrians’ to help with festive project

Jessica Williamson, Courtney Blay, Pete Nugent (retail dual store manager), Sara Oldham, Dave Barnes (retail store manager), Abigail Oag, Cameron Pickering

Business students at Lakes College are supporting the CFM Cash for Kids Mission Christmas appeal with Arco.

The students are appealing to both employees and students at Lakes College and the general public to donate presents for children aged between 0-18 years of age and have made a Christmas collection box for present drop off any time until the end of the college term.

Sara Oldham (Cash for Kids Charity Executive) visited the students to speak about the Cash for Kids appeal. Cash for Kids responds to the needs of children in our communities who are vulnerable, come from disadvantaged backgrounds, or are living with an illness or disability so they can live life to the full and realise their individual potential. Local agencies, schools and nurseries give names of families and individuals who could benefit from the project.

Cash for Kids also provides a lifeline to many other charities and community groups across Cumbria and South West Scotland, funding much-needed services and life-saving equipment. One of the main ideas behind Cash for Kids is that the money raised in the area stays in the area with 16,000 disadvantaged individuals benefitting from Cash for Kids.

Sara also offered the students advice about creating successful business campaigns including the importance of good communication throughout, the ability to adapt to a variety of situations, having good manners, being able to multi-task and prioritising.

Sara spoke about the ongoing project “I am so happy to be working with the Lakes College students along with CFM Cash for Kids and Arco in Workington and Carlisle. I am very proud to be associated with the students on-going project collecting gifts and toys from Lakes College for CFM Mission Christmas”.

Arco have been heavily involved in the Cash for Kids project as Arco’s warehouse is used as a base to store the gifts and toys. The business students are currently taking part in ‘Project Aurora’ with Arco, which is a fantastic opportunity for the students as they have been tasked to raise the business profile in Workington and it’s surrounding areas as part of their studies at college.

Courtney Blay (a Lakes College student) spoke proudly about her involvement: “Cash for Kids help disadvantaged young people by making sure they have gifts for Christmas as well as raising money to support families. I’m so pleased with the warm reception the project has had so far and hope this continues for a great cause.”

Jeanette McCallig (Lecturer in Business and Computing) commented: “I’m very proud of my learners for taking part in this project, as this is in addition to their course which is developing their wider employability skills, as well as linking their course to the business world.”

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