Catering students wrap up for Christmas

STudents with Christmas presents for Romania
Students at the college are hoping to bring some Christmas cheer to families in poverty stricken areas of Eastern Europe.

34 of our Catering students packed and gift wrapped shoeboxes containing items they felt would bring happiness to poor families and orphanages in Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Bulgaria in time for the festive season.

Lecturer Alex Wilcock said: “We had a vote on doing something for charity and unanimously decided that we wanted to support the Link to Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

“The lovely thing about the charity is that they don’t just provide goods for children. They consider the whole family and elderly people.

“The students have been amazing. They all went out shopping and bought things like stationary, sewing kits, hats, scarves and toiletries as well as sweets, chocolates and toys. They also all donated £2 each to pay for the postage of the parcels.

“We live so much in the moment in this country, it’s great that our students have the chance to stop and think about people who are in very different circumstances.

“They can wake up on Christmas morning and know they have made someone who is less fortunate smile.”

Link to Hope works with a variety of nationals on a range of projects throughout Eastern Europe. Their mission is to offer the hand of friendship, finance and knowledge to the people of these countries to lift them out of poverty.

Link to Hope

Christmas shoeboxes gifts are given to families and elderly people who often have to make a choice between buying food or fuel at Christmas time – buying presents is just not a priority. Many of these families do not have running water, heating or electricity. Some live in appalling conditions, often living in just one or two rooms, and life for them is a real struggle to survive.

If you would like to get involved in the Shoebox appeal or for more information about Link to Hope, please visit their website.