An man Group C - Reaseheath students

Reaseheath College students in Nantwich have been carrying out good deeds as part of their “Classroom Kindness” Challenge.

The Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management students have written postcards for care home residents, celebrated the role of animals in war, and took part in a virtual global tea party.

Even in lockdown, first year students continued with monthly events which have raised nearly £800 for the Nantwich college’s RAG charity Make-A-Wish UK and other appeals.

One initiative involved writing postcards describing life at a college with a zoo and animals and sending them to residents in care homes across the North West.

The students came up with the idea in response to Your Health Limited’s campaign to combat loneliness and isolation across the country.

They made sure Barony Lodge Residential Care in Nantwich was included.

Advanced Practitioner Holly Hardy Johnson, who leads the ‘Classroom Kindness’ Challenge, and Course Manager Lucy Cosgriff delivered the postcards in person.

An man Group B - Reaseheath students

Other projects included co-ordinating and processing a cross college charity shoe box appeal, collecting food and toys for the RSPCA Stapeley Grange cattery and for the Dogs Trust in Shrewsbury, raising funds for animals affected by Australian wild fires, joining a world record attempt to hold the biggest virtual tea party for Guide Dogs for the Blind and organising a Kindness Quiz.

Students also enjoyed a sponsored dressing up day for Halloween, wearing red at college to mark National Heart Awareness, sharing selfies of themselves and their pets dressed in purple for World Epileptic Day and, most recently, wearing blue to celebrate the happiness that Make-A-Wish UK brings to children with critical illnesses.

This month they will be running an awareness campaign highlighting the negative effects which irresponsible disposal of disposable masks can have on wildlife and their environment.

Holly Hardy-Johnson said: “We are using the ‘Classroom Kindness’ Challenge to give a positive message that wishes can still come true despite Covid-19 and are joining with other students in the department to add to Reaseheath’s RAG fundraising.

“We are also encouraging students to learn about other global issues and to understand how they themselves can make a difference.”

(Pics: Animal Management Groups A, B and C celebrate RAG charity Make-A-Wish UK)

An Man Group A - Reaseheath students

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