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Sparsholt College Group Celebrate the Season of Giving

Christmas spirit has been in strong supply across the Sparsholt College Group. Sister campuses, Andover and Sparsholt have been celebrating the Season of Giving; a student-centric schedule jam-packed with festive fun underpinned by the groups mission to collaborate with and give back to the community.

The season of giving, running from 4-8 December invited students to take part in a reverse advent, giving back to local food banks (Trussel Trust and Winchester Basics Bank), write Christmas cards for residents of local care homes (Harrier Grange and Winchester Heights) and enjoy Christmas crafts, screenings of Elf and a festive jumper day!

Amongst the merriment, both campuses also hosted another Volunteering fair; opening their doors once more to local businesses and charities. This event was a fantastic opportunity for students to discover how they can offer their time to help, gain experience to build their CVs and support their UCAS applications. Andover Food Bank, Unity, Guide Dogs, NSPCC, Winchester Street Ranch and Naomi House were some of the local charities to attend.  

Andover Campus Assistant Principal, Nikki Yates said:  

“The volunteering fair at Andover and Sparsholt Campus was a resounding success, providing students with invaluable opportunities to engage in meaningful community service. Through this event, students were exposed to opportunities to build on their practical experience and expand their skill set. The fair encouraged development of a strong sense of social responsibility, this contributes to our students personal and professional growth. We are incredibly grateful to all the organisations that participated in our fair. Your willingness to attend has provided invaluable opportunities for our students, we look forward to continuing to work together.”

At Andover Campus, an additional event was held, fundraising for Young Lives vs Cancer. The fundraiser was driven by student, Emilie’s personal experiences of Cancer in her family.  Fellow students were invited to support the cause by taking part in bake sales, raffles and sponge throws in aid of raising money for the fantastic cause.

Cross-campus Student Events Co-ordinator, Hannah Taylor said:

“The Young Lives vs Cancer Fundraiser was a huge achievement, with lots of money raised for a very deserving cause! Emilie should be very proud of the outcome! We are very thankful to all of our students who attended and donated, your consistent support is very valuable to us!”