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A ‘Hell’ of a half marathon…! 

RAG fundraising for North West Cancer Research is well underway! The latest charity feat saw 14 members of staff complete HellRunner the “UK’s toughest half marathon”

RAG total 24th June 2016

Student Association smashes RAG target!

RAG total 24th June 2016

At the beginning of the academic year Reaseheath Student Association set themselves a fundraising target of £25,000 to raise for our 2015-16 nominated charity British Heart Foundation. We’re pleased to say, thanks to the support of students and staff, they’ve exceeded the target! Current total (as of Friday 24th June 2016) stands at £25, 589!

Keep an eye out for the final total, to be announced later this week…!!



Matt’s fundraising feat for British Heart Foundation!


After 5 miles of mud, over 30 obstacles and £200+ raised for this year’s RAG charity, British Heart Foundation, Matt Kinnear (Transaction Accounts Supervisor) successfully completed the JCB Mud Run!

The off-road run saw Matt encounter a variety of terrains including woods, rivers, inclines, peat, grass- and of course the essential mud!


Matt, a longstanding supporter of RAG (raising and giving) at Reaseheath, has been involved in fundraising activities for a number of years – including raising over £650 for Macmillan Cancer Support (2014-15 RAG charity) by bravely shaving off is head of hair!


Matt Kinnear reaches the finish line!

Said Matt: “Thank you to all those who sponsored me – and if you would still like to donate to RAG, you can do so via my Just Giving Page: http://www.justgiving.com/Matthew-Kinnear.”


Students and staff go the extra mile for British Heart Foundation


Students and staff from across the college put on their running shoes to take part in a marathon fundraising challenge for the British Heart Foundation. The ‘My Marathon’ challenge encouraged participants to run the distance of a marathon (26.2 miles) throughout May.

Team Reaseheath, who consisted of 33 students and staff completed an impressive 864.67 miles (33 marathons) between them and raised £949.22 to add to the college’s RAG (Raising and Giving) total.

There were some particularly impressive performances from animal management staff who covered the most distance as a team IT technician Phil Ball completed 4 marathons in 4 weeks, which I think you will agree is an incredible effort. Equine students had a first year vs second year battle (I believe the second years were victorious).

A huge thanks to all who took part and have helped raise an incredible total for the British Heart Foundation.

Sarah Ruff
College Sports Maker

SA Lambing 2016

Families flock to Reaseheath for lambing weekend

The SA have had a busy weekend helping with Reaseheath College Lambing Weekend – all for a great cause!

Alongside supporting with the event we raised £698 for our RAG charity British Heart Foundation by:

  • face painting
  • having Scooby the dog helping car park (who was more tired than us after all his cuddles)
  • wearing onesies whilst car parking
  • daisy the cow making a guest appearance

Just to give you an idea of the number of visitors at lambing this weekend – throughout the two days we parked 1346 cars!!!

SA Lambing 2016

Scooby the dog helps the SA with car parking at Reaseheath Lambing

Scooby the dog lends a paw with car parking at Reaseheath Lambing Weekend

lamb 4 crop for social media



Don’t forget we have RAG week this week  so get involved if you want to do your part for RAG this year! Keep posted with RAG week activities via Reaseheath Student Association Facebook page.

Brave fundraisers go the extra mile

It’s been a phenomenal summer of fundraising for our finance team supporting Reaseheath RAG and other worthy causes.

Matt Kinnear, Transaction Accounts Supervisor,  literally ‘braved the shave’ by shaving off his hair to support the Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising initiative, Brave the Shave. Thanks to his commitment, Matt raised over £650 for Macmillan.

Matt Kinnear Braves the Shave - before and after

Matt Kinnear Braves the Shave – before and after

Continuing with charitable efforts, Transaction Accounts Assistant,  Joy Birch, joined a team of walking enthusiasts to  take part in Oxfam’s 2015 Trailtrekker challenge. Covering a total of 100km (63 miles) across the Yorkshire Dales, the team battled treacherous weather conditions to complete the gruelling course in just over 32 hours. Joy raised over £700 for Oxfam.

Said Joy “The trek was one of the hardest things that I have ever done but also one of the proudest moments of my life.”

Over the last year the finance team has raised over £2,000 for charity, demonstrating fantastic dedication to the raising and giving ethos.

Joy Birch with her Oxfam Trailtrekker 2015 team

Joy Birch with her Oxfam Trailtrekker 2015 team

Mandy West, Louisa Walmsley, Katie Gibson, Rob Sparkes, Fenna Ball

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.


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 🙂


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!


Members of last year's Student Association helping at the 2014 event

Reaseheath Student Association set to support Holly Holy Day

By Astra-Louise Drakeley, Student Liaison Officer

Reaseheath College and the Student Association (SA) have been invited to attend and assist steward the traditional celebration of Holly Holy Day. This will be taking place in Nantwich on Saturday 24th January 2015.

Members of last year's Student Association helping at the 2014 event

Members of last year’s Student Association helping at the 2014 event

The SA have supported this event for over 5 years and in return for their support this year they will receive a £150 donation towards this year’s RAG charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.

This annual event commemorates the Battle of Nantwich in January 1644, and the lifting of a 6 week siege of the town during the Civil War.

As always soldiers from the Sealed Knot, dressed and equipped in authentic civil war attire, will parade down Welsh Row and into the town centre. Here they will parade outside St Mary’s Church in the main square, and wreaths will be laid in honour of those who fell in the battle.

There will also be a lively re-enactment of the battle by Sealed Knot members on Mill Island, adjacent to the town centre. This is usually a thrilling and popular spectacle, with cannon fire as well as hand to hand ‘fighting’!

Several members of the SA will be willingly helping out at this historic local event and you could too! Contact Rob Sparkes, Astra Drakeley or Jared Erskine (Student Services) for more information on how to get involved.