National 5 Care students fundraise for two Coatbridge charities

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Caring students from New College Lanarkshire’s Coatbridge Campus have raised £652 for two local charities.

Two classes of National 5 Care students held a series of fundraising activities in aid of Helping Hands and Home Comforts.

Established more than 20 years ago, Helping Hands is a Whifflet-based soup kitchen that serves food every evening to those in need, many of whom have drug or alcohol addictions.

Home Comforts is based at New St Andrew’s Church Hall in Coatbridge and since 2011 has provided starter packs of household essentials for needy families and vulnerable people entering new tenancies across North Lanarkshire.

The packs contain a range of household items such as dish towels, toilet rolls, a hand basin, soap, towels, dustpan and brush, and bin bags.

Students raised the monies through events such as bag packing, sponsored walks, football cards and confectionery stalls.

The fundraising activities formed part of their citizenship unit, in which they learn about issues affecting the local community.

A volunteer from each of the charities was invited to attend a class to talk to students about their work.

Lecturer Charmaine Johnston said: “The students decided that they wanted to raise money for some small local charities, as they felt the money would most likely be spent providing useful items for local people in need.”

Margo Wilson, Secretary of Home Comforts, said: “We would like to thank the Care students of New College Lanarkshire’s Coatbridge Campus for their fundraising efforts, which will surely make a difference to people in our community.

“The money will be used to make up 32 cleaning packs that will go to different individuals and families in need throughout North Lanarkshire."

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