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Lakes College Nurse Cadets take part in charity fundraiser for West Cumberland Hospital

Students studying on the Nurse Cadets programme at Lakes College have organised a charity fundraiser for West Cumberland Hospital.

The Year 1 Nurse Cadets decided to raise money to create Christmas hampers for the staff on the Henderson Suite and Special Care Baby Unit. They organised a cake sale held in the college, as well as games such as guess the amount of sweets and chocolate in a jar. They raised enough money to buy two baskets and contents to fill the hampers with. The catering department at Lakes College also donated homemade chocolate and fudge to add to the hampers. Once they had bought all the items, the Cadets then made up the hampers and presented them to the staff at the West Cumberland Hospital on Wednesday 14th December.

As a group, the Nurse Cadets commented, “We really enjoyed taking the Christmas Hamper to the Special Care Baby Unit. Despite being really busy with College work, we enjoyed planning and fundraising for the Christmas Hampers. We chose to create the hampers for the Henderson Suite and Special Care Baby Unit because some of us have had relatives who have been treated or born there.”

Sonia Hyde, Lakes College Nurse Cadets tutor and work placement coordinator, says, “I am very proud of all the hard work they put into the fundraising, buying the baskets and coordinating who was buying what items to go in the baskets. The hampers looked wonderful.”

The Nurse Cadet programme is run in partnership with the NHS, and was created to allow students to study towards a Level 3 diploma in Health and Social Care while gaining valuable work experience to improve their chances of achieving a place at university. As part of the course the students will carry out six week placements across different hospitals or departments across Cumbria on a six week rotation, to give them a wide range of experiences and help many of them choose which area of nursing they have interests in for further study.