Principal and CEO of Cheshire College South & West Dhesi with Travel & Tourism learners collecting their hampers (1)

Cheshire College students have joined forces with businesses to support local learners and their families over the Christmas break.

They have pulled together more than 300 hampers full of essential food items and toiletries.

They wanted to support learners’ health, safety and wellbeing, and received support from Coca Cola, Costa, Mornflake and The Little Food Company.

Hospitality & Catering learners at the college also got involved, preparing more than 1,000 dishes to be included in the hampers, from tea-time stables to delicious sweet treats.

Dhesi, Principal and CEO of Cheshire College – South & West, said: “The college continuously strives to make a positive and valued contribution to society, which is why we have and will continue to support all our learners.

“It has been truly inspiring to witness the College community and local businesses pulling together, showing resourcefulness and commitment in such unprecedented circumstances.

“It is often the small gestures, like this, that we overlook and take for granted.

“Our learners have shown tremendous resilience and kindness during what has been a very different first term and I am delighted we have been able to share these hampers with them.”

The “Happy Holiday Hampers” have been distributed to learners across the college’s three campuses who applied for them on a ‘no questions asked’ basis.

One learner who received a Happy Holiday Hamper said: “I’m absolutely made up to have received one of the Happy Holiday Hampers.

“The College has always given learners amazing support, placing a huge emphasis on our wellbeing, and this is just another example of them going above and beyond to support us.

“I didn’t know what to expect when I collected the hamper last week, but I’m genuinely overwhelmed with how much was in it and it’s going to help so much over the holidays.”

Included within the hampers were items donated from The Little Food Company who have worked closely with Cheshire College – South & West for many years.

Mark Keats, Operations Director said: “We are always happy to support the College’s initiatives surrounding social and economic responsibility.

“If anything ‘good’ has come from the pandemic, it’s the amount of organisations like Cheshire College – South & West who are looking after the needs of the most vulnerable.

“I am confident this will continue for a long time to come.”

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