The 2010 Summer Fair and Open Day came to Nescot on Saturday 26th June and fortunately so did the hot weather as Nescot staff and the public enjoyed a beautiful summers’ day.
This year for the first time a Dog Show was organised with categories ranging from Best Groomed to Waggiest Tail. The show was an outstanding success, with dogs of all varieties present and on their best behaviour!
Elsewhere, there were farm tours, a plant sale, face & nail painting and even a bouncy castle. Some of the local schools and Nescot students competed in a battle of the bands, whilst there were cake stalls, a BBQ and other refreshments for hungry visitors.
Prospective students could get advice about the college’s courses including the new programme of part-time courses for September and various departments demonstrated their fun side as they hosted games such as Dunk the Nescot staff.
The college managed to raise £719.74 for charity, with all proceeds from the day in aid of SAVI (Surrey Association for Visual Impairment). Martin Andrews, Head of Fundraising and Alan Howell, Chairman of Trustees, visited Nescot for the presentation of the cheque by Nescot Principal Sunaina Mann and Mr Howell, who is partially sighted, gave the college some insight into the work that SAVI do.
"The organisation is split into two main sections, rehabilitation and community services,” he said.
"The rehabilitation side deals with independent skills, mobility and training. The rehab workers help to teach visually impaired people independent living skills, which are obviously incredibly valuable.
"On the community services side, the focus is on IT training, recreation, and that sort of thing. We have social clubs, there are transcription services which transcribe words to Braille and there are also talking books. We even have a phone-a-friend service so that people can just have a chat if they want.
"Most people tend to become visually impaired in their sixties, but we do also have a children’s section. SAVI’s ultimate aim is for all visually impaired people to live an independent life.”