Three West Midlands colleges joined forces for a 12 hour enrol-athon in a bid to raise vital funds for a range of local charities.
Sandwell College and Central St Michael’s Sixth Form College in West Bromwich partnered with Cadbury College in Birmingham for the fundraising challenge, which saw a charitable donation made for every student that enrols in person at one of the three colleges between 9am and 9pm.
The colleges selected three charities to benefit from the enrol-athon: Beam Sandwell, Kissing it Better and Health Exchange.
Beam Sandwell, part of the Children’s Society, is an emotional health and wellbeing drop-in service for young people and has a long-standing relationship with Central St Michael’s, and is based from the Sixth Form college’s campus on Tuesday evenings, offering support to young people across Sandwell.
Kissing it Better is a healthcare charity and training provider, working in hospitals and nursing homes to improve the quality of life for older people. Sandwell College students have taken part in a range of work experience placements with the charity, running pamper days for patients and staff, creating murals to brighten up surroundings and providing entertainment for patients through music performances.
Birmingham-based charity Health Exchange works with people and communities to achieve better health and wellbeing, by helping individuals to make choices about their lifestyles to improve mental and physical health and self-esteem.
Graham Pennington, Principal of Sandwell College, commented: “Over the summer, staff across all three college sites have been working incredibly hard to introduce extensive new measures to ensure that students can enrol with us safely, and enjoy a secure and supportive environment in which to learn and work.
“We have been delighted with the response to enrolment so far, and wanted to take the opportunity to recognise the efforts of others who have been supporting the health and wellbeing of our local communities during this challenging time.
“Our enrol-athon was designed to highlight and support the important work that these charities do, in addition to giving students confidence that they can secure their futures and have access to the full learning experience when the new term starts.”
The charity enrol-athon took place at Sandwell College, Central St Michael’s Sixth Form and Cadbury College.