The students of Richard Huish College generously contributed to two charity initiatives this Christmas as part of the College’s first EnRICH Day. The wider student body were asked to donate a range of items needed for charity appeals and many stepped forward to also contribute their time.
Forty-five students spent a day making up, and gift-wrapping hamper boxes for ‘Help Thy Neighbour’. The charity initiative was selected by the Vocational Business team. Help Thy Neighbour support families in Taunton who struggle financially keeping food on the table and with basic family needs.
The Christmas hampers contained a mixture of items from essential food and toiletries to Christmas treats and newly bought toys and the Huish team were delighted to support a charity that works so hard throughout the year to support the community.
The Sociology department also put a call out to students, this time to support Arc’s homeless shoebox appeal. Christmas can be a difficult time of the year for those experiencing homelessness, so each year, The Arc shoebox appeal supplies each Arc resident with a festive shoebox and each property with a Christmas hamper to make sure they do not miss out.
Working tirelessly throughout the day in their Christmas jumpers the Huish students produced 124 gift-wrapped shoeboxes of goodies. The community spirit, and enjoyment of the activity for all involved, was clear to see when a giant production line of students formed across the campus to pass the made-up boxes from their starting point to the minibus ready for delivery to Arc.