KIND-HEARTED staff and students from Cornwall College St Austell have been doing their bit for charity recently by raising more than £500 for Sport Relief after hosting a series of fundraiser events.
Activities took the form of a freezing sea-dip on Wednesday and a Sport Relief mile around the St Austell campus on Friday.
Over £400 was raised alone from the sea dip event organised by A-level students Beth Lake and Chevonne Beard, which saw members of staff and students donning fancy dress and taking a deep breath to enter the cold spring waters at Porthpean Beach. Over 30 A-level students packed out a coach provided Roselyn Coaches who because of the event happily agreed a discounted rate.
Beth Lake said: “It was slightly warmer than I had expected but it was still very cold, we were very lucky with it being a lovely day. I am so glad that this event has been a success; the money we have raised amongst ourselves with the help of teachers and our friends and families is amazing. I can’t wait to organise another charity event, it will be hard to top this at everyone had such a laugh!”
They warmed up with the qualified lifeguards from Cornwall College St Austell and before they had the chance to change their minds, Beth led the group into the water and in minutes everyone was submerged.
On Friday 23rd March more students from across the campus dressed up for the mile jog, walk, run or hop around the campus. With the route fully lined with Marshalls and a 10 minute warm up completed by sport students, the group that consisted of over 60 participants set off to a good old fashioned starter gun.
Jo Plester, Cornwall College Student Union Liaison Officer at Cornwall College St Austell, said: “We felt it was important to do something for Sport Relief that could involve the whole campus and give us a bit of a physical challenge. Sainsbury’s in Bodmin were very kind and donated 50 bottles of water and 6 pairs of Sport Relief socks for the first three male and female contestants across the finish line. I was really happy with the turn out; we had staff and students of all ages and from a variety of course areas.”
The first person to cross the line was Jordan May, from Liskeard, who is currently studying A-levels at Cornwall College St Austell and the first female across the line was Charis Igoe, from St Austell, who studies Sport BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Level 3.
Dave Linnell, Principal of Cornwall College, said: “At Cornwall College fundraising is very important to both staff and students and throughout the year we actively support and raise money for charity. The fundraising events are a great opportunity for students to work as part of a team and try new things as well as trying to raise as much money as possible for good causes.”