Level 2 Hospitality and Catering students Megan Collier and Sashenka Harkis with the donations collected by College staff and students.

Kind-hearted students and staff from Stratford-upon-Avon College have teamed up to collect toys and games for the Warwickshire Young Carers’ Project. A huge selection of contributions has been accumulated in the run up to Christmas and will now be donated to the charity for distribution to the carers they support.

The Warwickshire Young Carers’ Project works to improve the lives of carers across the county by offering free and confidential support. Some of these carers are as young as eight years old and the charity aims to help make a difference to their lives by encouraging them to take time out to relax, take a break and to realise their own dreams.

The donations have been on display in the Platform One Restaurant and Bar, based at the College’s Rugby campus, which is staffed and run by Stratford-upon-Avon College students as part of their training.

Platform One Bar Supervisor, Debi Wallis, worked closely with the students to select this cause. “We chose this as our Christmas charity as they are based locally near Rugby. Many of the learners who attend the Hospitality and Catering courses here at the Rugby campus are actually young carers themselves. We also felt that raising awareness of this to our other learners would help them to understand the issues that some of their peers had to deal with.”

Level 2 Hospitality and Catering students Megan Collier, 17 from Rugby, and Sashenka Harkis, 21 from Long Lawford, were thrilled with the choice of charity. “I felt quite connected with this charity” Megan commented. “It was aimed at people of my own age group so I really wanted to get involved.”

Sashenka found that collecting for the charity actually helped her with her studies. “Customers liked to talk to us about the charity and this put me more at ease when doing restaurant service.”

For more information on any of Stratford-upon-Avon College’s courses, please visit or call the College on 01789 266245.

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