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A Beacon Of Good Will For Mansfield Homeless

12th July 2021
News, Mansfield

A Beacon Of Good Will For Mansfield Homeless


Health and social care students at West Nottinghamshire College gave a bumper collection of produce and cash to two local charities before breaking up for the summer holidays.     

Level one health and social care students have been working diligently on a social project for their learning company.

This group chose the town’s Beacon Project and Mansfield Soup Kitchen as their local charities to raise funds and produce for.   

After marketing their charitable activities to fellow students and staff, the groups launched a request for food, drink, toiletries and clothing – all essential items that Mansfield’s Beacon Project need for their service users.

The group contacted the charity to find out exactly what their needs were and tailored their collections around that.     

Their second mission to help was to raise as much money as possible for the Mansfield Soup Kitchen, to enable them to continue their volunteer-led group which feeds the town’s homeless each Wednesday evening from its Church Street premises.   

 The students wrote to a number of local businesses and organisations asking for their help in donating prizes and vouchers which they put towards a raffle.

The group successfully collected over 30 prizes from the locality which included a £50 and £20 Amazon vouchers, framed pictures, make-up boxes, Sunday lunch for two at The Red Bar and Grill in Mansfield, a meal at the college’s Refined restaurant and many more.   

 A total of £264.60 was raised through the raffle and the proceeds were divided between Mansfield Soup Kitchen and The Beacon Project, situated behind St John’s Church.   

Louisa Hillman, manager of The Beacon Project, visited the students before they finished for the end-of-term. Students presented Louisa with boxes of donated clothing, toiletries and food which were both donated and purchased.     

Louisa said: “This is just amazing. Everything that these students has collected is very much appreciated and will benefit our service users so much.     “We’ve really struggled getting food in bulk during the pandemic and donations have really reduced as people in the community are all struggling themselves. It’s great to receive this cash donation and all of these brilliant products. It’s not just about collecting food because our service users need toiletries such as wipes and sun cream - such a wide range of things that people don’t always think about.

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