Students doing health and social care courses at East Durham College have been helping raise money to ensure Christmas cheer is all present and correct for hard-up families in need of festive goodwill.
Level 1 and 2 classes joined forces for a fundraising drive at the college’s Peterlee campus, in Willerby Grove, in aid of a Salvation Army Christmas gift appeal.
The students put together a sweet hamper to raffle off, made cupcakes to sell and held a competition to name a teddy bear.
They also took out donation buckets to collect loose change.
Altogether, they raised £150 for the nationwide charity’s seasonal appeal.
The students will now use the money to buy gifts for children aged up to 16 to be handed out as part of the Salvation Army’s appeal.
The appeal gives people the opportunity to donate new, unwrapped toys and gifts to be passed on to children, families and homeless people in need this Christmas.
Health and social care lecturer Natalie Liversedge said: “The students have all been brilliant working together to put on this fundraising event in aid of the Salvation Army’s appeal.
“Everyone got involved, whether it be through raising the money at the event or baking cakes or putting together the sweet hamper.
“They have all worked really hard.
“This is a fantastic cause, and it’s great to be able to help give something to people who are in need at this time of the year.
“We hope our donation can help bring some Christmas cheer to those in need.”