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Staff and students spent the final few weeks of the Christmas term fundraising with almost £1,000 donated to local charities.

 Thanks to raffles, bake sales and wearing Christmas jumpers the Salvation Army and Plymouth Foodbank have both received donations from the College.

The Sixth Form council decided to work together to give back to the local community and initially decided to support the Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal and create shoeboxes of gifts.

"As a team we then decided that, instead of collecting gift items, it would be more efficient to raise money for the charity which would allow them to buy gifts that they really needed for specific children," said Sixth Form council member Sophie Olchowy.

"In the week approaching the Christmas holidays, we held two events: a Sixth Form Christmas jumper day and a bake sale which were both very successful.

"Both teachers and students took part in the event and the contributions from everyone were heart-warming.

"Lucy Peart, a Year 13 student, dressing up as Santa Claus was one of the highlights of the event as it was very entertaining and helped raise some extra money."

The Council also planned the annual Christmas meal for the whole Sixth Form.

"Once again the event was very successful as it was packed with food, a fun quiz and various activities," said fellow council member Arisha Akhtar.

"We managed to raise £220.25 and were privileged to present the cheque to the Salvation Army.

"The Salvation Army were very grateful to receive the donation which made all of the hard work that we put into the events worthwhile.

"As a council, we are very thankful to the whole of Sixth Form for taking part in the events and everyone else in the school who purchased cakes from our bake sale!"

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Whilst Sixth formers were busy raising funds College staff held their annual Christmas prize draw with generous donations from a range of external organisations including Westcountry Group and Devon Commercial Stationers, local tourist attractions including Woodlands and Dartmoor Zoo and a range of local businesses including Bistrot Pierre and Charleine Wain Hair Studio.

"Through the hard work of staff promoting the draw, selling tickets and the very kind donations from staff this year we raised an incredible £700 in donations," said Mr Wright, the College's deputy business manager.

"We would like to thank everyone for their amazing contributions, helping us raise such an impressive amount."

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