College students help Pendle families in need at Christmas

Care students at Nelson and Colne College with just some of the 62 Christmas hampers to be donated to Colne Open Door Centre. (S)
Care students at Nelson and Colne College with just some of the 62 Christmas hampers to be donated to Colne Open Door Centre. (S)

A Colne charity can keep its doors wide open after a generous donation during the season of goodwill.

For the sixth consecutive year, a team from Nelson and Colne College has pulled together to help make hampers for Colne Open Door Centre, a charity which aims to assist the poor and marginalised people living in Pendle.

Once again, the group have managed to smash their fund-raising target by making 62 large hampers to feed a less fortunate family this Christmas.

This equates to 124 smaller hampers bettering last year’s impressive donation of 116 hampers.

As well as donating food, the college fund-raisers also filled boxes full of toys, teddy bears, books, games and toiletries, to ensure that families who may not have had much to celebrate are this year able to have a festive season to remember.

Level One Care tutor Sue Hartley said: “My students worked their socks off to make this annual project a success and I am very proud of their community spirit and hard work.

“They were helped by many other students in college to carry the food into the classroom ready to assemble the hampers and put them in the van to deliver to Open Door.”

A special thank you has also been paid to Seabrook Crisps and Farmhouse Biscuits, for their generous donations, as well as to the Level Two and Three Health and Social Care team for contributing £70 of Body Shop gift sets to the cause.

Colne Open Door Centre Manager, Dawn Lange, and support worker, Catrina Higson, said: “This is absolutely amazing!

“We have had so many families referred to us this year that we were worried we might not be able to help them all, but now we know that we can.

“Not only that but we can give them all gifts too. Nelson and Colne College are fantastic for doing this for us every year, and we appreciate it more than they will ever know.”