East Berkshire College fun day raises hundreds for Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service

East Berkshire College fun day raises hundreds for Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service

Tom Roddy

East Berkshire College fun day raises hundreds for Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service

The third summer fun day hosted by East Berkshire College has raised £856 for Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.

Visitors enjoying the college summer fun day in May.

A cheque was officially presented to the Alexander Devine team on Tuesday by college principal, Kate Webb, and students from Langley College,after the annual event was held on Saturday, May 9.

More than 1,900 visitors flocked to the fun day at Langley campus, in Station Road, with a variety of demonstrations, games and stalls on offer.

It included a petting zoo with baby goats and rabbits, a Bollywood dance session, face painting, a bungee trampoline, a bouncy castle, plus arts and crafts activities.

Hair and beauty students demonstrated the latest hair styles and provided free mini manicures in the colleges new salons, while a football challenge took place in the Sports Centre.

There was also model-making and balloon sculpting for the younger visitors, as well as Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service fire engine on show.

Juliet Holloway, director of learner service and communication at the college, said it was the most successful fun day so far.

She said: “We were keen to raise money for a local charity and were very impressed with the work Alexander Devine does to help and support local children and their families. It is fantastic to have raised so much money for such a good cause.”

The college’s donation will go towards the £5m required to launch a specialist care site at Snowball Hill in Woodlands Park, Maidenhead.

Clare Dando, Alexander Devine community fundraiser, said the donation was a ‘magnificent sum’.

She said: “Thanks to all of them, all the students and staff at the college for their fantastic support, together we are making a huge difference to the lives of local children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.”

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