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Sponsored walk for charity

A group of students pulled on their walking boots to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.

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  • News date: May '21
  • News author: holly farragher
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Sponsored walk for charity

A group of students pulled on their walking boots to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.

The students from Lakes College’s Transitions in Learning course split into two groups to walk from the Lillyhall-based college to Harrington Harbour and back again.

Between them, they decided to raise money for the Owl Blue charity which supports families of people with hidden disabilities.

Di Wilcock, course leader, has praised the students for their commitment and dedication.

“Our learners really wanted to do something for charity,” she said. “We’re all so proud of them, and they’re very proud of themselves.”

It took the groups around two hours – and 14,000 steps – to complete the walk and they collected sponsor money from family and friends, raising about £400.

One of those taking part was Lewis Keenan and before he set off, he said: “I’m excited because it is good exercise and a good way to raise money for charity.”

Carlianne Underwood is another student who took part, saying: “I like to help other people and the walk raised money for other people. I want to help any kind of charity, and this walk raised money for a charity I know a lot about.”

The walk was made more difficult as one of the groups were hit by wind and rain, but when asked if they wanted to turn back, they all voted to carry on.

Samantha Scott, learner support assistant at the college, has congratulated the students, saying: “They wanted to make people more aware of autism, as some people don’t understand the condition. We wanted to donate the money raised to Owl Blue, as it’s a local charity and we pride ourselves in being a community college.”

The Transitions in Learning programme at Lakes College supports learners who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). During the course, they study a range of subjects to support their progression and next steps.

Nichola McDougall from the Maryport-based Owl Blue charity said she was touched to learn that the students had raised money for their cause.

“We are very grateful to the students for kindly doing this event for Owl Blue, especially under the difficult COVID circumstances,” she said. “Without kindness and generosity of donations like this we wouldn’t be able to continue to do what we do. We really appreciate it, and the awareness raised from the event.”The group of students before they set off for their sponsored walkStudents taking part in the sponsored walkLakes College