Helping charity is a snip

The hairdressing students who organised the event show their support for the charity.
The hairdressing students who organised the event show their support for the charity.

Students showed support for young people with cancer by hosting a Christmas fundraiser at New College Lanarkshire’s Motherwell campus.

The atrium was transformed into a flurry of festive activity for the annual fayre, which generated £2,500 for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.

Lucky winners of the raffle took home tickets to see Scots comedian Kevin Bridges at the SSE Hydro arena and a hospitality day at Celtic Park worth £500.

Auction prizes included a signed Motherwell shirt, a pair of signed Frank Bruno boxing gloves, tickets for Motherwell Theatre’s pantomime, plus Ibrox tours and tickets for Celtic matches.

Almost 20 local stallholders, selling items such as beauty products, candles, jewellery, confectionery and clothes, each donated £20 to the charity, as a team of carol singers provided the festive soundtrack to the event.

The event was organised by a students from the college’s HNC Hairdressing course as part of an employment experience unit, they themselves offered men’s barbering and women’s styling for a minimum donation of £3.

Student Kirsty Russell from Coltness approached local businesses for raffle and auction prizes.

She said: “Cancer affects everyone and the college has always been a big supporter of Teenage Cancer Trust.”

Fiona Kerr from Motherwell suggested buying tickets for funnyman Bridges to make the raffle a roaring success.

She said: “It went really well and it’s exciting to be involved in something that’s about giving back, rather than taking.

“Everyone really entered into the Christmas spirit.”

A representative from Teenage Cancer Trust gave a talk to students about the importance of the work of the charity in August.

Hairdressing lecturer Jacqueline Ward said: “After the talk you could see how much it changed the students’ perspectives on raising money.

“The students put in so much work– they organised everything.

“It’s such a good cause and it’s a really good project for the students to work on together, as a group.”

Through similar fundraising the hairdressing students will also donate £1,500 to Les Hoey’s DreamMaker Foundation and £300 towards the cost of sensory equipment for a former student.