Santa Clauses, Christmas fairies, monkeys and Spongebob Squarepants were spotted running around West Nottinghamshire College’s Derby Road campus on Thursday – all in the name of charity.
Sports students at the college got into the Christmas fundraising spirit after colleague Lucy Harrison set them a 5km fun run challenge which saw them running to Berry Hill Park and back.
Lucy (18), from Mansfield, has joined forces with classmates to raise as much cash as possible for CLIC Sargent – a charity which supports families who have children with cancer – and the fun run was just one of the fundraising activities.
This September, Lucy lost her friend Hannah Lawler to cancer. Hannah would have now been studying for her A Levels at West Nottinghamshire College. CLIC Sargent was able to support Hannah and her family during this difficult time, including helping them meet the costs of their daughter’s funeral.
Lucy and other friends of Hannah wanted to do something in Hannah’s memory and to give back to the charity which had supported Hannah and her family.
Other activities which Lucy has organised include having a charity fundraising stall at the college’s Christmas market earlier in December, organising a teenage cancer awareness raising session at the Students’ Union’s ‘Your Voice’ meeting and a football tournament at the John Fretwell Sporting Complex which will take place on Sunday 23rd December.
Lucy said: “To lose a friend at such a young age was heart breaking and I often think how much Hannah would have enjoyed college life.
“Getting everyone together from the sports curriculum to do something to raise money for a charity which helped Hannah and her family is a really humbling experience and I hope we can have some fun, while remembering just how important the work is that CLIC Sargent does for young cancer sufferers and their families.”