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ESC Celebrates Christmas in the Community

ESC Celebrates Christmas in the Community

Date: 16 December 2021

Students and staff across East Surrey College have been bringing festive cheer to the College and local community, with a selection of end of term events! 

Our Public Services and Health & Social Care students have been busy collecting items to collate for gift boxes, to be given to patients at East Surrey Hospital. The students collected a range of items including toiletries, books and craft supplies, which were then packaged into over 100 decorated boxes.

Public Services Lecturer, Steve Grant, commented:

“Traditionally at Christmas, students at ESC have supported young children at East Surrey Hospital. This year, we decided to support the geriatric wards. This Christmas Day present is just a small reminder that they’re not forgotten.”

The students themselves have found this a valuable project, with the opportunity to give back to the community. Public Services Level 3 student Tailor-Rose shared:

“I used to work as a Carer and saw how a lot of the patients didn’t have family around Christmas time. Everyone deserves to be happy at Christmas.”

The students and staff delivered the boxes to East Surrey Hospital, where they were gratefully welcomed by the staff.

Public Services Christmas Shoe Boxes Health & Social Care Christmas Boxes staff with boxes at east surrey hospital


Elsewhere in the local area, Life Skills Entry 1 students visited the Merstham Community Facility, where they have been volunteering each week! They were treated to a ride on the trishaws and received a lovely card from MCFT, thanking them for their hard work. They're looking forward to more volunteering in the new year.

Life Skills Entry 1 students from East Surrey College East Surrey College Entry1 students


Childcare and Health & Social Care students have also given back to others, by collecting items for a food bank. The collection will be given to St Matthew's Church in Redhill to support families around Christmas. 

Health & Social Care students at East Surrey College - Food bank

In the Construction department, our Carpentry & Joinery Level 1 students raised £43 for Cancer Research UK! They recently had a non-uniform day and the students decided to select CRUK as their chosen charity, with the focus on supporting young adults and children affected by cancer.

Carpentry tutor at East Surrey College Carpentry & Joinery Level 1 students at East Surrey College


Finally, our ESOL Level 1 group celebrated the end of term by putting together a pantomime! They performed 'Cinderella' to staff, with each student taking on an iconic role. 

ESOL Level 1 students at East Surrey College ESOL Level 1 Students at East Surrey College ESOL Level 1 students at East Surrey College


Wishing all of our students and staff a Merry Christmas and a happy new year! 

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