West Notts College charity challenge triumphant

NMAC12-1580-1''Vision West Notts College students and representitives of The Halls Homeless Project and The Beacon Project pictured with some of the food collected by staff and students on Tuesday

NMAC12-1580-1''Vision West Notts College students and representitives of The Halls Homeless Project and The Beacon Project pictured with some of the food collected by staff and students on Tuesday

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STAFF and students at West Notts College have exceeded their challenge of collecting food and provisions for three Mansfield-based charities for the homeless.

During May and June, staff and students collected over 2,000 shopping basket items in what has been named the ‘554 Challenge’ - 5 teams, 5 trolleys, 4 the homeless.

Trudi Dean, who championed the project throughout, came up with the idea and delivered factual tutorials to every group across the school of academic studies, public services and sports studies.

Jodie Osbourne, a public services student, said: “I think the 554 challenge is a great initiative, as it makes us more aware of issues affecting people in our local community and allows us to help in a really direct way.”

Virtually every area of the college contributed something to the project.

The aim of the project was to help the homeless in the local community by filling five shopping trolleys with food and provisions for The Halls Homeless Project, The Salvation Army and The Beacon Project.

The challenge is now in its second year, and this year the challenge was exceeded with food and toiletries spilling over into eight shopping trolleys.

Last Friday, the kind donations were collected from the college’s Derby Road campus by chairman Tony Lee. He was joined by Karen Rollings and Steve Riley from the Halls Homeless Project, which is based on Westfield Lane and Mary Lane from The Beacon Project, which operates from St John’s Church Hall.

At the end of the week, a number of food parcels will be collected by Mansfield’s Salvation Army.

Tesco (Mansfield and Oak Tree Lane) and Sainsburys (Mansfield) also supported the 554 Challenge by donating provisions, and Tesco (Oak Tree Lane) helped further by loaning trolleys to the staff and students of the college.

Trudi Dean said: “I’m absolutely amazed at the number of donations to the challenge. This year so many areas of the college contributed to helping the homeless and we’ve ended up with eight trolleys full of food and provisions. Thank you to everyone who took part.”

She added: “Our chosen charities will be able to restock their supplies for the much needed food packages and meals they provide to homeless people who visit the centres in Mansfield.”