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Nescot’s Hair and Beauty department has launched their annual Christmas appeal.

This year the team are supporting homeless charities, and are asking for donations of winter clothes to help someone sleeping rough to stay warm.

Some of the items will be given to Sutton Night Watch, while others are being taken to central London on Wednesday next week (December 11).

Lisa Charles, who coordinates the department’s Christmas campaign each year, said the appeal was the perfect chance for students, staff and visitors to empty their wardrobes.

“Christmas is a particularly difficult time of year to be struggling financially or to be homeless, which is why we wanted to help,” she added.

“We do an appeal each year to show vulnerable people that they’re not on their own, and that there are people thinking of them.”

The department is asking for donations of jumpers, coats, socks, hats, gloves, trainers, boots, rucksacks and sleeping bags.

Items should be taken to the reception in the Skills Park or to Lisa in room E129 by Tuesday next week (December 10), ahead of the trip to central London the following day.

The Hair and Beauty department has organized a Christmas appeal each year for the past five years, alternating between supporting homeless people and families experiencing hardship.

Last year the department collected donations for Epsom and Ewell Foodbank, while previous years have included Christmas presents for homeless young people and donating to Shelter.

This year Foundation Learning is supporting Epsom and Ewell Foodbank, while Beauty students and Uniformed Public Services students are fundraising for The Royal Marsden and Animal Studies have made a donation to Sutton Night Watch.