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Kind-hearted students create reverse advent calendar
17 December 2018

Kind-hearted students create reverse advent calendar

Kind-hearted students from Wiltshire College & University Centre are helping those less fortunate for Christmas.
 
Teenagers studying on the Foundation Studies course have been overwhelmed at the generosity of fellow students and staff at the Trowbridge campus after putting out an appeal for donations for their reverse advent calendar.
 
The idea was that instead of taking something out of a calendar each day, people could bring in items that are then taken to a foodbank in the town and given to those who are struggling in the run up to and during the festive season.
 
Storehouse Foodbank opened its doors in 2006 and supports families, couples and individuals in need of food and toiletries.
 
Ashleigh Powell, aged 16 from Warminster, sent an email to everyone at the Trowbridge campus, asking for support.
 
She said: “I’m really pleased at how well received this idea was and we are really excited at how many people have supported us by bringing in lots of different items.”
Foundation Studies lecturer Nicola Rudland has been working with the students to run the project.
 
She said: “The response to the reverse advent calendar has been phenomenal and we’ve had to empty the box every few days as it has been filled with so many fantastic items.
 
“I’m proud of all of those involved and think it is a lovely thing for them to have done.”
 
The foodbank in Trowbridge distributes a wide range of items such as pasta, rice, tinned vegetables, coffee, cereal, washing up liquid and shower gel, helping more than 1,700 people a year.
 
Cieran Hollern, 17, also from Warminster, said: “Quite a few of us know people who have used a foodbank and because we are quite lucky, we felt we wanted to give something back to those who are less fortunate.”
 
The box, decorated with wrapping paper and tinsel by the Foundation Studies group to make it stand out, is located at the campus reception and will remain there until the end of term.

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