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Nescot’s Beauty students held a pampering day for primary school teaching staff on Wednesday (October 20) to raise money for charity.

Level 2 Beauty students gave manicures and pedicures to staff at All Saints Benhilton, in exchange for donations to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

“The event went really well, and everyone enjoyed it,” said Andry Waters, who leads Nescot’s Beauty qualifications.  “Our visitors got a well-deserved pampering session, the students got practical work experience with clients, and the team at the Royal Marsden will be grateful for the money we’ve raised.”

Teachers and teaching assistants at All Saints Benhilton were told about the fundraising event during a staff briefing, and the available slots were quickly booked up. The sessions were timed to coincide with the last teaching week of October, as a way of recognising and thanking the staff for their efforts during a busy first half-term.

“We also have parents’ evening this week, so having the appointments now is really well-timed,” said Year 1 teacher Nicola Clarke.  “It’s a great idea to have donations for The Royal Marsden instead of payments, and we’re glad to be able to do something for charity at the same time as enjoying a treatment.”

Kristie Potter, a teaching assistant who works with the Reception year group, said she’d been looking forward to having her pedicure.  “Everyone at our school works really hard, and to plan an event like this shows that our effort is noticed and appreciated, and that our wellbeing is taken seriously,” she added.

The appointments were the first time the Level 2 Beauty students had worked with external clients. They also staffed the reception, welcoming visitors and escorting them around the campus.

“It’s been a really positive day,” said Georgia, who joined Nescot in September. “All the visitors have been friendly, and they’ve said how much they’ve enjoyed having a treatment.”

Nescot offers full-time qualifications in Beauty at Level 2 and 3, as well as part-time courses for adults.