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Col­lege staff mem­ber takes the plunge in char­i­ty challenge


Wiltshire College & University Centre staff member Deb Boyce takes part in charity challenge for Royal United Hospital's Forever Friends Appeal

Congratulations to Wiltshire College & University Centre staff member Deb Boyce who has made quite a splash in helping to raise funds for the Forever Friends Appeal run by the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Deb, who works as an Assessor in Business & Management at the College’s Trowbridge campus, took part in the charity’s recent Newfoundland Dog Dive at Portishead Marina.

Deb oversees several College apprenticeship students who work at the RUH, including one for the Forever Friends Appeal who informed her how the charity had struggled to raise funds during the pandemic.

Keen to help out, Deb quickly took the plunge to participate in the Newfoundland Dog Dive, which involves participants taken being out into the Bristol Channel by boat and jumping into the water before being rescued by a Newfoundland dog and taken back to the boat before returning to Portishead Marina.

Deb explained: “When I saw the event on Facebook, I quickly applied. I had to raise a minimum of £100 and be prepared to get wet!

“There were two of us in each boat for each time slot. Our dog, called Apollo, rescued each of us separately and took us back to the boat before pulling us both to the slipway.

“They weigh between 14 and 17 stone and their strength is awesome! I got a T-Shirt to mark the occasion and enjoyed every minute.”

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