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Business students donate hampers to St David’s Hospice Care

Business students donate hampers to St David’s Hospice Care

Business students from Coleg Gwent have donated Christmas gift hampers to the residents of St David’s Hospice in Newport, as part of the community challenge element of their Welsh Baccalaureate.

St David Hospice aims to provide and develop a free and comprehensive palliative care service of excellence throughout Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen for people facing a progressive life-limiting illness which is no longer curable.

To raise the money for the hampers, the students who are studying Level 2 Business and IT at Coleg Gwent’s Pontypool Campus, gave a presentation to the Head of School and Campus Chaplaincy Coordinator to apply for the grant from Coleg Gwent’s Cash 4 Change incentive.

This scheme was set up by the college and Coleg Gwent Student’s Union to support projects, clubs, events and ideas that make life at Coleg Gwent more enriching, benefit the college and local community and improve the environment.

After successfully being awarded £250, the learners went on to buy items online. The team worked together to cost, source and purchase gifts. Each hamper was filled with handpicked items, and gift-wrapped.

The students and staff from Coleg Gwent then travelled to St David’s Hospice to deliver the hampers and meet the hospice staff.

Jaime Mulligan, Business and Construction Lecturer at the Pontypool Campus said: “Coleg Gwent has been running this project for several years and we have developed a strong relationship with the hospice. The students take complete ownership of this project, and do everything themselves, from raising the money to wrapping the gifts. They aim to get the most out of the Cash 4 Change award, to make as many hampers as possible.

As well as giving them an opportunity to apply their business knowledge and gain invaluable project management experience, this collaboration is a chance for the students to give something back to the local community. We are very proud of their efforts.”

Franca Nigro, Community and Events Fundraiser at St David’s Hospice said: “The staff and residents at St David’s would like to send our warmest thanks to the Coleg Gwent students. They put a lot of time, thought and effort into these gifts, and our residents are always thrilled to receive them.”


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