Hospitality and catering students at Selby College have presented a cheque for £500 to Yorkshire Cancer Research after raffling hampers filled with Christmas gifts.
The fundraiser was organised as part of the charity’s ‘100 for £100’ campaign, which aims to get 100 student groups across Yorkshire raising £100 each.
Always keen to surpass any goals set, the Selby College students smashed their target after collecting donations of gifts from other students and staff and selling tickets during lunchtime services and two Christmas Restaurant evening events.
Angie Hobden, Guidance and Support Tutor at the college, said: “Yorkshire Cancer Research is a cause very close to our hearts. When we saw the 100 for a £100 campaign, we knew it was something we wanted to get involved in. We’re now looking forward to raising even more money during 2017 for this worthwhile charity."
The team are now busy creating Easter hampers, which will include an Easter gift donated by the local Morrisons Selby store. The students will also hold a college ‘Bake Off’ challenge, when students and staff will have their baking creations judged by an independent panel. The entries will then be sold to again raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Selby College has supported Yorkshire Cancer Research since 2012, following the death of Catering student Scott Robinson. Scott sadly lost his battle with testicular cancer aged just 18 in 2010. Staff and students raised more than £20,000 for the charity by producing and selling their own recipe book, ‘All the Best from Yorkshire’, in Scott’s memory.
Louise Robinson, Regional Fundraiser for North Yorkshire at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We’re incredibly grateful for the support Selby College has given the charity over the last five years. The students always approach their fundraising with huge amount of enthusiasm and dedication and we know that whatever fundraising idea they come up with, they will put everything into it to make it a success. The money raised will help more people in Yorkshire survive cancer by raising awareness of cancer and how to prevent it, promoting the national cancer screening programmes and supporting innovative research projects, from diagnosis to end of life care.”
To support the Hospitality and Catering students at Selby College, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/selbycollege.
Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
- Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
- We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
- Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
- Current statistics show that 575 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
- We aim to:
- Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
- Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
- Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
- Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
- Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
- For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.