Students’ great Lanarkshire baking raises funds for Macmillan

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Hospitality students at New College Lanarkshire have risen to the challenge of raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The training restaurants in both our Motherwell and Cumbernauld campuses hosted fundraisers for the cancer care charity to kick-start the new academic year.

Dozens of Craft Bakery, Professional Cookery, and Hospitality & Events students helped organise a week-long series of events at the Motherwell training restaurant, MLOne, including lunchtime afternoon teas, takeaway sweet treats from the coffee hatch, and a raffle of a giant cupcake, raising £538.96 in the process.

(Photo by HND Photography student Anthony Donnelly)

The week of activities gave many students who were new to the College their first taste of working the front-of-house operations and in the live kitchen environment.

Lecturer Lorna Hart said: “We always have our first event of the new academic year for Macmillan so that we can launch MLOne at a time when the students are nervous, but doing something for charity gets them excited and involved in raising money.

“We’re over the moon to have raised so much money for a very worthwhile cause through doing something that is fun for our students as well as being a great learning experience.

“The week really helps our students prepare for delivering a high quality lunch menu for the rest of the year.”

Meanwhile, the Cumbernauld Campus’s in-house restaurant and training kitchen, Taste, hosted a pop-up restaurant in the ground floor Street area of the Campus.

Students and staff from the Hospitality team in Cumbernauld baked a selection of cakes and scones that were sold at the coffee morning, raising £410 for the charity.

Derek Watson, Regional Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “It was great to meet the staff and students from New College Lanarkshire and thank them for their fantastic fundraising efforts.

“At a time when we are supporting more people than ever living with cancer, donations like these will help us to continue to provide vital services to people when they need us most, helping people find their best way through and live life as fully as they can.”

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