Public Services students at the College recently participated in a sponsored charity challenge to raise money for National Memorial Arboretum—and they weren’t fundraising alone!

On the 24th April, for twelve solid hours, Public Services students at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form engaged in a series of gruelling challenges designed to test their fitness and athleticism to the utmost. The twelve hour session, starting at 7am and finishing at 7pm, was a sponsored event to raise money for National Memorial Arboretum.

National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s centre of Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honors the fallen, recognizes service and sacrifice, and fosters British pride. It is a living and lasting memorial. It is part of the Royal British Legion charity family, and is open and fundraising throughout the year.

Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form have a long history of working hard to support charities. The College is keen to promote a charitable spirit amongst its students and is proud that they are frequently motivated to fundraise both in and out of College! Each year, the College’s Public Services students choose a charity and organise and run an event as part of their programme. This year’s 7 til 7 challenge was especially exciting as it was support by Mark Felix, one of Britain’s strongest men!

Mark came to the College during the students’ twelve hour fundraiser to demonstrate and lead group and individual exercises. He also demonstrated his own personal fitness levels by lifting students—and staff—above his head!

It cost £1 to participate in a session led by Mark Felix and 50p to participate in one of the variety of Challenges happening throughout the day (such as press ups, sit ups, rope pulls, and infamous Sally pushups!). The students were also sponsored for taking part in the 12 hour session, during which they participated in a variety of sessions, including circuits, yoga, skipping, boxing, zumba, Insanity, and army style fitness.

The event was an amazing success, raising over £500 for the National Memorial Arboretum!

Thomas Eyre, a student who participated in the event, said, “I really enjoyed the day, it was lots of fun and for a good cause, everyone who took part put in lots off effort and made the day a success.”