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ARC fundraising and communications assistant Alice Hannon with some of the Preparation for Work and Life students who worked on the project

Bridgwater and Taunton College students fundraise for the homeless

A GROUP of Preparation for Life and Work students have raised nearly £300 to give homeless people gifts this Christmas.

The eight students from Bridgwater and Taunton College used the money to create 20 sacks containing seasonal essentials including gloves, hat, scarves, socks, hand sanitiser and other toiletries, as well as chocolate, a Christmas cracker and a voucher for Greggs. The students also decorated the sacks with festive designs.

The Christmas sacks were donated to ARC, a local charity which houses and supports the homeless. Each year, the charity collects donations for its residents living in properties in Taunton, West Somerset and Sedgemoor, aiming to make sure that every single one receives a gift box at Christmas.

ARC Fundraising and Communications Assistant Alice Hannon visited BTC to collect the sacks from the PLW students and tell them more about the charity’s work.

Absolutely wonderful

She said “I just want to say thank you to all the students for their hard work. These sacks are absolutely wonderful and will really help our residents at a very difficult time of the year. It will help them know that they are not alone, and that people really do care.”

Foundation Studies lecturer Alison Ward said: “This was the students’ first enterprise project and links to our BTC Advantage personal development programme, which is embedded into all our courses.

“The project has given the students the opportunity to develop and use a range of essential work skills, as well as supporting a local charity.

Essential goodies

“All of the students have to deal with their own personal challenges on a daily basis, but this didn’t stop them tirelessly fundraising so they could fill the 20 Christmas sacks with a variety of essential goodies.

“Each student has shown they had the enthusiasm, commitment and dedication to make this project a success. It was an absolute joy to see the sense of achievement on the students’ faces when we handed the sacks over to ARC.”

For more information about BTC, including courses, student support and more stories of student achievement, visit, or go to the open evening at Taunton campus on Tuesday, January 18 or Bridgwater campus on Wednesday, January 19.

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