Students and staff from Grŵp Llandrillo Menai organised a number of fundraising events to support Macmillan Cancer Support's annual coffee break initiative, raising hundreds of pounds for the charity in the process.
The events were held as part of Macmillan Cancer Trust's attempt to host the 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning', with thousands of similar events taking place all across the UK.
At the Rhyl campus, dozens of Level 2 Beauty Therapy students were involved in a variety of fundraising activities including: completing file and polishes, hand and arm massages, organising raffles, as well as bringing in cakes from home.
Students on the Public Services course joined in the fundraising efforts, as they went around the college site collecting donations for the cause. Their charitable efforts went towards their Welsh Baccalaureate community project module. Many of the local businesses in Rhyl and Prestatyn supported their efforts by providing raffle prizes, including shop vouchers and pamper days.
One of the students involved, Nicola Palma from Rhyl, said:
It's been brilliant. These fundraising activities encouraged us to work together as a team, for the benefit of others. I was proud to be involved and the feedback we have received has been so positive.
Rachel Beattie, programme leader for Nails and Beauty Therapy at the Rhyl campus, said:
I would like to thank all the staff, students and salon customers for their support today, helping to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. The total we raised is absolutely brilliant I am over the moon with what we have achieved today. They raised over £200 in a matter of hours.
At the Rhos-on-Sea campus, Hospitality and Catering students served a selection of drinks and homemade cakes in the college's Orme View Restaurant to eager customers, as well as organising a grand raffle. Students and staff raised nearly £300 over the morning coffee break alone.
Last but not least, students on the Independent Living Skills (ILS) courses at the Llangefni campus, baked a mouth-watering selection of cakes, which they sold to fellow students and staff for a donation. The ILS department runs a number of courses for students with mild to moderate learning disabilities, severe learning disabilities and social and emotional behavioural difficulties.
The World's Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan's biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. Last year alone, the charity raised over £27 million. The first ever coffee morning happened way back in 1990. Since then, the coffee morning initiative has raised over £200 million for Macmillan.
Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the largest British charities and provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer.