Hereward help the homeless

Foundation Pathway student Lauren Stokes

Our students have been dedicating their time to helping a local homeless charity over the festive period.

After being inspired by a documentary about those less fortunate, the students chose to support Coventry Open Christmas, a voluntary organisation providing shelter and food to the homeless who open their doors over the Christmas period.

Staff and students across the College have come together to collect essential food and clothing, including hats, scarves, gloves and socks, generously donated by their friends and families. All of the items will be placed into shoeboxes and delivered to the refuge for distribution.

Items have also been generously donated by companies in the local community. The Heart of England Co-Operative kindly contributed £100 while Tesco and Asda have also given charitable donations to the appeal. Local Tile Hill store, Malcolm’s Costcutter, have offered a considerable amount of stock, including food and hygiene products, which will go into the College’s care packages.

The Foundation Pathway students have wholeheartedly embraced the Christmas season as the time of giving. Student Lauren said: “Homeless people do not have presents at Christmas so we wanted to make them happy” while Lee said: “We put hats and scarves in the boxes because we don’t want people to get cold.”

Pathway teacher Louise Miervadis said: “It is lovely to be able to involve the students in community events; they have all been extremely positive and productive in helping the homeless charity.”

The Hereward team have so far been able to package 30 shoeboxes that will be donated to Coventry Open Christmas.