Proving just how caring young people can be, Level 1 Child, Health and Social Care students at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form have donated a staggering 63 hampers to the charity Open Door.

Although a joyful time for many, Christmas can also highlight the hardship suffered by others. Therefore the work undertaken by Open Door at Christmas is invaluable and much welcomed by the whole community.

Initiating a campaign across College, the students collected food, toys and other equipment to support the charity’s gift box appeal. The group managed to fill an amazing 62 hampers, doubling last year’s efforts. In addition, a number of soft toys, and chocolate biscuits and dried noodles were donated for the charity’s stores.

Nelson and Colne College Child, Health and Social Care tutor Sue Hartley said, “We have collected items for Open Doors for a number of years now and each year the students are keen to collect as much as possible for this worthwhile cause. On behalf of the College, I would like to say a big thank you to all those who have donated.”

Catrina Higson from Colne Open Door said, “I am overwhelmed by the generosity shown by the staff and students at Nelson and Colne College, and by the hard work and dedication shown by the Child, Health and Social Care students in collecting the donations and making up so many hampers. The work done at Open Door is vital to the community and this year in particular, we have seen a rise in the number of people who are in need. These hampers will go a long way to bringing some cheer to them and make their festive period a less stressful time.”