Mandy West, Louisa Walmsley, Katie Gibson, Rob Sparkes, Fenna Ball, Reaseheath College raising for Macmillan Cancer Support

Caring students and staff in Nantwich have raised a record £20,380 for Macmillan Cancer Support – with more to come.

Members of Reaseheath College’s Student Association presented a bumper cheque to the cancer charity at the student summer ball.

And Macmillan fundraisers were so impressed at the success of the students’ RAG (Raising and Giving) activities, they have asked them to write a RAG Guide for other colleges and universities.

Louisa Walmsley, fundraising manager for East Cheshire, said: “Macmillan Cancer Support is hugely grateful to the students and staff of Reaseheath College for raising such a phenomenal amount of money.

“We have been very impressed with the dedication, determination and passion shown by the Student Association, and we are absolutely delighted that the target of £20,000 was reached!

“This money will make a huge difference to people affected by cancer.

“On their behalf, I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who has been involved in fundraising.”

Macmillan Cancer Support funds a Macmillan Benefits Advisor, based in Nantwich, who helps people to apply for grants to meet costs that arise from the condition and its treatment.

In 2013, 281 grants were handed out to residents of Cheshire East, totalling £48,486.

Reaseheath’s Student Association organised 24 fundraising events in RAG week.

These included a masquerade RAG Ball, a staff v students football match, a raft race on the college lake, a tractor pull and a Three Peaks Challenge by students and staff from the construction department.

Student Association President Rob Sparkes 22 said: “We had a brilliant team of Student Association members who worked really hard to put together activities which everyone could enjoy while raising money for a good cause.

“All departments and academic staff have supported us and I am so proud of what everyone achieved.

“We chose Macmillan because its services benefit the whole community and because many of the members of our group know someone who has cancer.”

Reaseheath students and staff raised another £3,000 for the Poppy Appeal and £1,368.90 for the Epilepsy Society.

Student Association, Reaseheath College, raising for Macmillan Cancer Support

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