Lecturer’s illness prompts Sunderland students into action

Jim Machin, Branch Chairman of the British Heart Foundation Sunderland celebrating the start of the walk with City of Sunderland College students and staff.
Jim Machin, Branch Chairman of the British Heart Foundation Sunderland celebrating the start of the walk with City of Sunderland College students and staff.
0
Have your say

KIND-HEARTED students put their best foot forward to raise cash for charity.

More than 70 young people from City of Sunderland College took part in a charity fun walk to raise cash for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Students set off from the Marine Activity Centre in Roker and made their way to Souter Lighthouse in Whitburn for the fun walk and raised money by donating £1 each to join in, selling heart badges and rallying sponsorship support from family and friends.

To mark the beginning of the challenge, the team released 70 red balloons into the sky on Roker beach.

Student Christopher Short, 17, from Murton, said: “One of my lecturers suffers from a heart condition and I wanted to raise as much money as I could.

“These events really show that anyone can do their bit to help others less fortunate.” Emma Leslie-Boddy is a health and childcare tutor, who also runs a charity fund-raising club at the college.

Emma Leslie-Boddy is a health and childcare tutor, who also runs a charity fund-raising club at the college.

She said: “Throughout the year students raise money for a variety of good causes and charities such as NSPCC, Children In Need, and Comic Relief.

“We are currently working with students to raise money for the Tsunami Appeal in light of the recent tragic events in Japan.

“Our students are always enthusiastic about fund-raising and this activity was suggested by my Level 1 Health and Social Care group.

“The main goal of the walk was to raise awareness of the dangers of heart disease and the money will go to support the BHF in its fight against heart and circulatory disease.”

The group was met by Jim Machin, branch chairman of the British Heart Foundation Sunderland, who said: “It was wonderful to go along. The fund-raising activity the students did is greatly appreciated and it was lovely to see so many young people taking part for a good cause.”