Christmas is a time for giving – a kind, forgiving, charitable time – and Bolton College staff and students have been getting in the festive spirit by donating 250 boxes of mince pies to those most in need.
Although Christmas is a season to indulge and treat those near and dear to us, it is also important to remember those worse off than ourselves. This is the honourable motivation of local charity Urban Outreach, who work with disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals in Bolton, and it is why everyone from Bolton College has pulled together, soaked in the heady spirit of Christmas, to make a difference to those less fortunate.
Many Bolton families have become dependent on the help that they receive from Food Banks, and this year Urban Outreach has been collecting donations to make up 1,000 food hampers. Bolton College seized on this opportunity to showcase the worthy cause by building a huge peak of pastry (aka. a ‘mince pie mountain’) and creating a cross-college campaign to encourage donations, which has been appropriately named ‘The Pie’s the Limit’.
In addition to their towering pile of pies, which has been on display alongside a unique wooden Christmas tree that was hand-crafted last year by talented Carpentry & Joinery learners, Bolton College was also spreading the joy on 12th December by donning their most sparkly Christmas jumpers in support of Christmas Jumper Day – an initiative organised by national charity Save the Children.
Bolton College has pulled out all the stops this year. Foundation learners have been demonstrating their creativity and customer service skills by selling various stocking-filler creations for Christmas Enterprise Week, and Level 3 Dancing and Acting learners have put on several performances of much-loved pantomime Camelot.
Marie Gilluley, Principal of Bolton College, said: “We always try to raise festive cheer and make the most of Christmas at Bolton College. However, as an integral part of the local community, it is essential that we remember those who are less fortunate than us – particularly at this time of year. It’s a pleasure to help Urban Outreach with their fantastic cause, and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Season’s Greetings to everyone in Bolton, and a happy New Year.”
Dave Bagley, Chief Executive of Urban Outreach, added: “We’ve been overwhelmed with the generosity of Bolton people and organisations in getting behind this initiative to provide everything needed for a traditional Christmas dinner for people who are having a hard time at the moment. We love working together with other organisations and want to say a big thank you to the staff and students of Bolton College for collecting so many mince pies!”
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