We began this term and academic year with a series of Welcome Events held across campuses for our new and returning students. A key part of these events and stalls was to promote democracy by encouraging every student the Wellbeing Team met, to have their democratic say and vote for the College’s first ever Charity of the Year.
Student Council produced the shortlist, looking at charities that matter particularly to young people and cover a range of different projects and aims, whilst considering local charities too.
It was a tough decision to make with 4 worthy charities nominated, who all doing amazing work for young people in Nottingham. The four nominated charities were Framework, Nottingham Woman’s Centre, Tomorrow Project and Teenage Cancer Trust.
The outcome of the vote was heavily in favour of Teenage Cancer Trust. This is now the charity that throughout the next few months both students and staff will be fundraising for, alongside national fundraising calendar days such as Children in Need and Christmas Jumper Day.
A new vote will take place next academic year.
Of being announced as the charity of the year At Teenage Cancer Trust say:
“Every day in the UK seven young people between the ages 13-24 hear the words “you have cancer”. They will each need specialised nursing care and support to get them through it. We’re the only UK charity dedicated to meeting this vital need. Right now, for every young person we reach there is another we can’t, we won’t sit back and accept that, we receive NO government funding, therefore Nottingham College’s fundraising is crucial to help us reach everyone who needs us.
We’re there at every stage, from diagnosis through treatment and after. We provide world-class cancer-care and support in specialist-units, local hospitals and in homes across the UK. Nottingham City-Hogarth Ward and QMC-Nottingham are your nearest Teenage Cancer Trust Units.
Young people are at the heart of everything we do and with the support of Nottingham College we can ensure NO young person faces cancer alone”