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Nescot Christmas appeal aimed at helping vulnerable families

Nov 14, 2016

Nescot Christmas appeal aimed at helping vulnerable families

Hair and Beauty students are holding an appeal to help vulnerable people this Christmas.

The department is asking people to bring in donations of toiletries and tinned food, to be given to Epsom and Ewell Foodbank as part of their annual winter appeal.

The charity will use the items to make up food parcels for families, aiming to provide people in crisis with enough food to offer three days of nutritionally-balanced meals.

“There’s plenty of people out there who are struggling to make ends meet, and as a department we want to do our bit to help,” said Lisa Charles, team manager of Hair and Beauty at Nescot.

“Finding it difficult to feed your children is awful at any time of year, let alone when the weather’s getting colder and Christmas is around the corner.”

Lisa, who last year spearheaded the department’s Christmas appeal in aid of housing charity Centrepoint, said she hoped the donations would also help raise people’s spirits.

“We want to show anyone going through a tough time that there are people who care about what they’re going through,” she added.

“I’d ask everyone who can afford it to add a few extra items to their grocery list. It might not seem like much to you, but it can honestly mean everything to a family that’s struggling.”

People are asked to bring in items including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap and baby wipes, and non-perishable food such as tinned fruit and vegetables and rice, to the college by December 9.

Epsom and Ewell Foodbank was opened in October 2012, and in 2015 it distributed 2,515 parcels of emergency food supplies to people in crisis.

A typical parcel includes items such as breakfast cereal, rice, pasta, soup, tinned beans, tinned meat and tea or coffee, but can be adapted for allergies or for families with babies or young children.

Nescot supported the Foodbank in November last year, with students on Foundation Learning’s Transition into Employment course raising £110 for the charity through holding a soup kitchen.

Last year Lisa Charles spearheaded the Hair and Beauty department’s Christmas appeal in support of housing charity Centrepoint.

Her efforts saw almost 200 boxes full of presents, ranging from warm winter clothes to food and small treats, being donated to homeless young people.

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