Huddersfield New College is proud to announce that the College’s Diversity Champions have raised £170 for local charity, and our Charity of the Year, The Laura Crane Trust.

The Diversity Group, consisting of a range of staff and student diversity champions, work throughout the year to raise awareness for a variety of causes, and a global pandemic has not stopped the important work our Diversity Team undertake! Though our bi-annual diversity week events are usually held in College, this year’s events were staged virtually, which made fundraising for our Charity of the Year challenging. However, this did not stop our determined Diversity Champions, who despite the barriers faced, have raised a brilliant £170 for The Laura Crane Trust. 

Pamela Thorns, Charity Manager for The Laura Crane Trust, comments “ On behalf of everyone here at The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust, I would like to send a great big thank you for your recent fundraising which totaled £170. We cannot thank you enough for this donation. As you will know, The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust supports young cancer patients physically, through its targeted medical research, aiming to improve treatments. However, in 2020, the charity went under a devastating drop in its income due to the Covid-19 crisis and knock on effects of lockdown and no events taking place. Therefore, to know that there are such kind and generous people out there and they are willing to support our small charity is not only astonishing but so motivating to us all, it has really given us all a much needed boost.”

Becoming a Student Diversity Champion is one of the many roles within College that students can apply for via our ‘Get Helping’ enrichment strand. As well as being instrumental in contributing to our diverse and vibrant College, Diversity Champions build life-long skills, which are not only recognised by the College, but also via national schemes such as V-inspired.

Erika Montgomery, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion says “I am so proud of the work that our Student Diversity Champions have undertaken this year. In a year when it has been challenging to engage the wider student population, our champions have worked harder than ever to raise information, awareness and much needed funds for our Charity of the Year. I am delighted that we are able to make such a valuable financial contribution at a time when local charities are sadly seeing a drop in income. Well done to our volunteers who go above and beyond to support their community, and for our wider student and staff body for their generosity in donating”. 

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