Screen Shot 2015-11-27 at 09.44.06A NORTH EAST college is proving it’s in the business of giving this Christmas as it takes part in its first shoe box appeal to support charities in the region.

Redcar & Cleveland College has launched a shoe box appeal and is calling for members of the public and North East businesses to donate toiletries to help support Redcar-based charities including EVA (Emerging from Violence and Abuse) Women’s Aid, Women’s Refuge, and local homeless charities over the Christmas period.

The drive behind the appeal comes as part of the work of the college’s health and social care students, who have been tasked with supporting community initiatives in the region. The students are all enrolled on the Level 1 Diploma in Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings course at the college.

So far, more than 50 shoe boxes are being filled as a result of donations from Redcar-based businesses supporting the initiative and students will deliver the items to the chosen charities in mid-December.

Di Pearson, course leader and lecturer at Redcar & Cleveland College who has helped to facilitate the appeal, said: “Christmas is the season of giving and I’m delighted with the response we’ve had from students, staff and local businesses who have really taken this to heart. However, we’re hoping to encourage even more people to get involved or to dig a little deeper over the next few weeks.

“Shoe box appeals are an incredible community response to crisis and we’ve chosen local charities that do sterling work in helping to ease the strain on individuals who are struggling over the festive season.

“All toiletries, including shampoo and conditioner, sanitary products and deodorants are welcome contributions and we are asking all donations to be made via the main reception.”

For further information about Redcar & Cleveland College visit http://www.cleveland.ac.uk/ or please call 01642 473 132.

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