Action-packed Children in Need fundraiser for student heroes

Children in Need superheroes from Central Sussex College SUS-140512-091944001
Children in Need superheroes from Central Sussex College SUS-140512-091944001

Staff and students at Central Sussex College pulled out all the stops for an action-packed day of fundraising in aid of Children of Need on Friday 14 November.

The College’s Crawley campus was awash with a number of well-known superheroes and villains selling cakes, sweets and other delicious treats throughout the day.

The Health and Social Care students dressed up as popular heroes including, Spiderman, Supergirl, Batgirl and Violet from The Incredibles, had a fantastic time and raised a phenomenal £300!

Health and Social Care Lecturer, Angela Riddell commented: “I am so very proud of the students from Health and Childcare who have raised money for Children in Need through various activities.

“The students have a great capacity to care for others which they show in the classroom supporting one another, and through working in placements in various care settings each week, applying what they have learned in the classroom.

“The students in my area are a real inspiration to college who get to see young people - many of whom have problems themselves overcome these difficulties and go on, after leaving college, to make a huge difference to others’ lives through a variety of jobs in care. Children in Need is just one example of how these students help others.”

In the newly redeveloped social and study space, The Zone, the Crawley Student Executive and Level 2 Media students hosted a fabulous photo booth accompanied by music, fancy dress and a variety of hilarious props.

After the successful event, Crawley Student Executive President, Tumsil Abbas, 19, from Crawley, commented: “Children in Need is a great charity. Here at Central Sussex College, we make it a number one aim of ours to help these worthy causes whenever possible. The students have made so much effort.”

Superstar fundraiser, Rachel Mackenzie, 19, from Crawley, spent the day dressed as the red power ranger. No stranger to charity work, Rachel has previously taken part in sponsored swims, walks, runs, cycles and a vow of silence.

In her recent charitable efforts, Rachel made the bold decision to shave her head for Children in Need, commenting: “I know a girl from High School whose sister is in a Hospice and that inspired me to help. Every penny counts and if shaving my head raises more money, then it is worth it!” So far she has raised a fabulous £150!

At the College’s Sixth Form Haywards Heath, Sports Lecturer, Natasha Greenwood, organised a fantastic day of activities, challenges and competitions raising over £160 for Children in Need.

Highlights included: penalty shoot-out; fastest 250 meter row; most basketball free throws in one minute; weight challenge in which students competed to hold a static weight in front of them for the longest time, and Pudsey throw where competitors cover one eye and try and throw a ball into the bin.

One of the most popular events on the day was the ‘fastest nappy change’ challenge, with student Lauren Callaghan, 17, from Crawley, taking pole position with the incredible time of 55 seconds.

Overall, everyone at the College had fantastic day raising hundreds of pounds for Children in Need!

Report and pictures contributed by Central Sussex College.