Students at Rugby and Royal Leamington Spa Colleges have raised over £650 for local charity Evelyn’s Gift.
Evelyn’s Gift was formed by Helen Smith to give people the chance to do something positive in memory of her daughter Evelyn who passed away suddenly in September 2013 aged just seven.
The students, who are from courses in Health and Social Care and Early Years, raised the money at “Be Happy” events at the colleges, selling cakes and gifts, and through a raffle and tombola.
Evelyn’s mum Helen visited Royal Leamington Spa College to be presented with the cheque. She said, “It’s just incredible the amount that the students have raised so I want to say a huge thank you to them. I came along to the event at Leamington and was really impressed by the hard work they had put in.
“Evelyn’s Gift has been working with several small charities to deliver little acts of kindness in Evelyn’s memory and the money raised with go towards this. For example since we started the charity in June 2015, we have provided lifesaving CPR training to over 1000 people, donated bereavement packs to schools in the area and provided essential toiletries, underwear and socks to Leamington Night Shelter. It’s all about local people doing good things for the benefit of the local community.”
Ellie Griffin, 16 from Coventry said, “I’m really glad we all got involved in the charity events as it’s been really rewarding. It’s good to know that we’ve made a difference. “
Rachel Rogers, lecturer at Warwickshire College Group said, “Well done to all the students involved. They put a lot of hard work in to raise this money for such a great cause so we’re all really proud of them and their achievements.”
You can find out more about Evelyn’s Gift on Facebook here.