Cornwall College Saltash supports CHICKS with year of fundraising

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By Em_Williams | Thursday, December 20, 2012, 13:27

Since last December Cornwall College Saltash has been actively engaged in fundraising activities for children's charity CHICKS. Donations from staff and students at the College have contributed in the region of £2,000 to the organisation which provides free respite breaks for disadvantaged children at their retreats in Devon and Cornwall. 

Throughout the year the College has held an eclectic array of activities ranging from the fun and frivolous to the painful and demanding.

The fundraising started last Christmas when the College raised money for selection boxes and Kerry Jackson, Course Manager for Business, gave up her own time on Christmas Day to go to CHICKS' Moorland Retreat in Brentor to serve Christmas meals. 

It continued in May when a team of seven staff and students pushed themselves mentally and physically and ran the Plymouth Half Marathon dressed as a group of ballerinas and an ostrich.

Kerry said: "The Half Marathon was tough but rewarding and over the last year we have enjoyed every minute of our fundraising for CHICKS. It's a charity very close to me and I'm really proud of all the work we have done together to raise this money."

For the brave the College also held a student leg waxing day and, for those who didn't fancy the pain of hair removal, there was a big cupcake sale. Others simply took the opportunity to pay to come into College in fancy dress.   

During the year, students from the Business course got the chance to visit the charity to see how they operated and ran as a successful business. Then, in November, a group of more than 20 staff, friends and partners attended the annual CHICKS fundraising ball held at HMS Drake with the College donating a life sized cardboard cut-out of Jack and Vera Duckworth to the event's silent action. The cut-out eventually went for £130.

Peter Castell, Head of Faculty at Cornwall College Saltash said: "We are very proud to be involved in activities set up to raise money for such a fantastic charity and everyone involved has had a great time over the past year helping to raise money."

CHICKS Community Fundraiser, Mick Ryan, added: "The charity would like to thank Kerry and all at Cornwall College Saltash for their amazing support. This year CHICKS is celebrating its 20th Anniversary and has given breaks to over 10,000 underprivileged children, including many from Cornwall, since we began in 1992. 

This year alone we have provided seven underprivileged children from Saltash with a free break.  The charity is not government funded so relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations, like Kerry and Cornwall College Saltash, to be able to run.  Funding permitting we hope to be able to provide free respite breaks to another 1,200 disadvantaged children next year."

If you would like to take part in a charity challenge and support CHICKS in 2013, they have places for the Plymouth Half Marathon and many of the finest running events in the UK.   Visit for details of all of charity place runs, biking challenges, treks and other events throughout the year.

For more information about the charity, including volunteering on weekly camps in 2013, visit or contact Mick Ryan on 01726 817913 e-mail



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