Students hold coffee morning for care home


Students from New College Lanarkshire’s Cumbernauld Campus have been getting residents at the Bield Retirement Complex in Cumbernauld into the festive spirit as a thank-you for their help with their Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

NQ Administration and IT students Kirsty Clark, Jadene McKechnie, Brenda Glennon, Emma Comrie, Wiktoria Wisnik and Rebecca Gartshore visited the complex to share tea and cakes with the tenants along with a tombola of some great prizes.  They also raised over £100 in donations.

The students launched their Christmas Shoebox Appeal campaign for Samaritan’s Purse last month, which sends essentials and toys to children living in poverty.

Residents of the complex have supported the college appeal for a number of years donating beautifully knitted hats, scarves, gloves and shawls.

This was one of a number of events the students are taking part in to raise awareness of their Christmas Shoebox Appeal, which they are hoping will be the best year ever.

Students Kirsty McCormack, Emma Comrie and Kimberlie Gray held a stall in Tesco Cumbernauld recently to raise money to go towards the purchase of gifts for the shoeboxes, and shoppers their helped raise £207.40.

This followed student Aimee Connelly, who recently raised £220 for the appeal doing the Great Scottish Run.

Lecturer and organiser, Beatrice Soutar, commented: “Everyone has been so supportive of the appeal so far and we are hoping that we will be sending away a record number of shoeboxes.

“On behalf of the students I’d like to thank everyone for the lovely donations we have received so far.”

Employees, students and shoppers around Cumbernauld are being encouraged to donate shoeboxes to the cause, which can include toys, school supplies, hygiene items, small items of clothing (e.g. hats, gloves, scarves, socks), accessories and (non-chocolate) sweets with a sell-by date of before March 2018.

These can be donated at the Campus Reception in the College. The NQ Administration and IT class will pack and check all shoeboxes before handing them over to the organisation. 

Donations can also be made at any of New College Lanarkshire’s receptions or Students’ Association desks. Cash donations are also welcome to help fund sending the boxes overseas.

The deadline for handing in donations is Wednesday 29th November 2017.

The students will be hosting their final fundraiser in the Cumbernauld Campus on Wednesday 22ndNovember from 10am-2pm, which will include a Tombola bonanza, cake, candy and more.

For more information or any enquiries, contact Beatrice Soutar (

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