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Reaseheath’s record RAG raises funds for Macmillan Cancer Support

Caring students and staff from Reaseheath College in Nantwich have raised a record £20,380 this year for Macmillan Cancer Support – with more to come.

Members of the College’s Student Association presented their bumper cheque to representatives of the cancer charity at the student summer ball last Tuesday.

Macmillan fundraisers have been so impressed at the success of the students’ RAG (Raising and Giving) activities that they have asked them to write a RAG Guide advising other colleges and universities who are considering supporting the charity.

Fundraising Manager for East Cheshire, Louisa Walmsley, said: “Macmillan Cancer Support is hugely grateful to the students and staff of Reaseheath College for raising such a phenomenal amount of money.

“We have been very impressed with the dedication, determination and passion shown by the Student Association, and we are absolutely delighted that the target of £20,000 was reached! This money will make a huge difference to people affected by cancer. On their behalf, I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who has been involved in fundraising.”

Macmillan Cancer Support is one of Britain’s largest charities and provides specialist healthcare, information and funding to people living with cancer. The charity funds a Macmillan Benefits Advisor, based in Nantwich, who helps people to apply for a Macmillan Grant to help meet costs that can arise from the condition and its treatment. In 2013, 281 grants were handed out to residents of Cheshire East, totally £48,486.

President Rob Sparkes, RAG Chair Katie Gibson and Vice President Fenna Ball hand over the cheque to Macmillan Fundraising Managers Louisa Walmsely and Mandy West, watched by members of the Student Association

President Rob Sparkes, RAG Chair Katie Gibson and Vice President Fenna Ball hand over the cheque to Macmillan Fundraising Managers Louisa Walmsely and Mandy West, watched by members of the Student Association

Reaseheath’s Student Association organised 24 fund raising events in RAG week alone,  including a masquerade  RAG Ball, a staff versus students football match, a raft race on the college lake, a tractor pull and a Three Peaks Challenge by students and staff from the construction department. The public also had the chance to be a zoo keeper for a day.

Student Association President Rob Sparkes 22, who has just completed his Foundation Degree in Zoo Management, said: “We had a brilliant team of Student Association members who worked really hard to put together activities which everyone could enjoy while raising money for a good cause. All departments and academic staff have supported us and I am so proud of what everyone achieved.”

“We chose Macmillan because its services benefit the whole community and because many of the members of our group know someone who has cancer.”

In addition to fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support, Reaseheath students and staff raised a further £3,000 for the Poppy Appeal and £1,368.90 for the Epilepsy Society. Further funds remain to be collected and it is hoped that the final total raised this year may reach an impressive £25,000.

Over the past 27 years students and staff have raised over £215,000 for local charities.

 

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Bursary application news for new and returning students

Are you studying a Further Education course with us this September? Do you need financial support to attend college? We may be able to help. 

We have funds available to help with travel, equipment, meals, stocks, residential trips, childcare, residential fees and some tuition fees from the Residential and Discretionary support fund. 

Applications for financial support in 2015/16 are now open.  If you are a new or returning student for the academic year 2015/16 make sure you get your application in as soon as possible.  You can do this online at https://bursary.reaseheath.ac.uk/ 

Further guidance is available at on the college website or by calling the Student Finance team on 01270 613205.

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Jujitsu club celebrates fighting spirit

Members of the the Reaseheath Jujitsu Club celebrated their achievements at a presentation evening hosted by Chris Mann.

Student Alex Demetriou was awarded the ‘most improved student award’ and Rob Andrew achieved the ‘best attendance and etiquette award’.

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Reaseheath Jujitsu Club

All members were presented with certificate to recognise their excellent skills, fighting spirit and honour demonstrated throughout the year – well done to all!

Jujitsu Club members with their awards

Jujitsu Club members with their awards

 

Chris Mann

Jujitsu Club Coordinator

 

 

Student Association's Rob Sparkes and Katie Gibson on campus selling cakes and t-shirts for RAG

Some RAG-tastic news!!

As of today our official total for our RAG charity Macmillan Cancer Support stands at: £20,226.11 – meaning we’ve exceeded our fundraising target of £20,000!

In addition to this record breaking total, the College has raised £1368.90 for Epilepsy Society, and £3000 for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, bringing the grand total of: £24,595 and a penny raised so far this year.

This is a fantastic achievement, which wouldn’t have been possible without the support and enthusiasm of our staff and students from all over the College.

Student Association's Rob Sparkes and Katie Gibson on campus selling cakes and t-shirts for RAG

Reaseheath Student Association’s Rob Sparkes and Katie Gibson on campus selling cakes and t-shirts for RAG

 

There are still a number of events left on the RAG calendar – including a staff vs student netball match (Tuesday 16th June, 12pm in the sports hall) and RAG rounders (Friday 20th June, 4pm on the sports field), so let’s try and and raise our Macmillan RAG total to over £25,000!

Rob Sparkes

One very happy and proud Student Association President 🙂

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Read the latest issue of Coverage

Welcome to the latest issue of Coverage, Reaseheath’s student magazine. This magazine is written by students for the students.

In this issue we bring you lots of exciting information on the Student Association’s fundraising efforts for our RAG (Raising and Giving) charity, Macmillan Cancer Support as well as information about the upcoming summer ball.

Hope you enjoy!

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