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Nescot’s Hair and Beauty department’s 2019 Christmas appeal was a success, with dozens of items donated to Sutton Night Watch.

Tutor Lisa Charles launched the appeal in November, asking for donations of winter clothes to help people sleeping rough to stay warm.

People gave items ranging from warm coats, hats, gloves and scarves to duvets and sleeping bags, which Sutton Night Watch collected from Nescot before the college closed for Christmas.

“Our students, staff and visitors have been very generous, and we’ve collected a wide range of donations,” said tutor Lisa Charles, who organized the appeal.

“Items like a warm winter coat obviously make a practical difference to someone sleeping rough by helping them to stay warm, but it also helps to remind someone struggling that there are people who care.”

Lisa also visited Sutton Night Watch’s shelter on December 13, with tutors Jean and Martin, and offered free haircuts to homeless people.

In addition, Lisa visited East Surrey Hospital with Level 3 students in December, and they offered free haircuts to hospital patients.

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.

Sutton Night Watch is a charity that supports homeless people in the Sutton borough. The charity is currently based at the Secombe Theatre but fundraising for dedicated premises.

Nescot offers full-time Hairdressing qualifications at Levels 1, 2 and 3, as well as part-time courses for adults, and apprenticeships.

The college also has an on-site professional hair and beauty salon, Innovation.