Christmas is for giving

Gateshead College has been spreading some Christmas cheer and supporting local charities during the festive period.

In the run up to Christmas, staff and students generously donated items including sleeping bags, warm clothing, toiletries, washing powder and food at all six of the college’s campuses. These were then collected by staff and delivered to three local charities; The People’s Kitchen, Oasis Community Housing and Gateshead Foodbank.

Phil Conn, Head of Crisis Services at Oasis Community Housing said: “We were absolutely blown away by the generosity of the staff and students from Gateshead College. Their generous donations will make a real difference to people’s lives and I can’t thank them enough for their support.”

Staff from the college’s catering department are also cooking Christmas dinner for clients of Oasis Community Housing’s Basis Centre in Gateshead.

Nadine Hudspeth, Director of Marketing and Communications at Gateshead College said: “Whilst the festive period is a wonderful time for many of us, it can also be a very challenging time for others and with this in mind we chose to support three local charities this year. Our donation boxes were overflowing and I was overwhelmed but not at all surprised by the generosity and kindness of our staff and students who well and truly embraced our Christmas Charity Appeal.”

Staff and students at the college’s Skills Academy for Construction and Skills Academy for Automotive and Engineering also supported local schools with donations of toys. In addition, Health and Social Care students organised a charity raffle and raised over £300 for The People’s Kitchen; which will pay for 61 Christmas meals for the homeless.

Everyone at the college also did their bit in their festive knits and supported Save The Children’s annual Christmas Jumper Day, raising hundreds of pounds for the charity.