11th March 2022
Each year, staff from Newcastle College's engineering team use their skills and expertise to design and produce christmas items, raising money for local charities close to their hearts.
The team chose to design and produce festive coasters for their 2021 fundraiser which were sold to NSCG colleagues and through local retail outlets.
Self-funding the project themselves to purchase the materials required, the department created the coasters in their own time, encouraging engineering students to join in the initiative.
Leading the annual fundraising project, Roger Sharman, Curriculum Leader for Mechanical Engineering said, "We really enjoy working together to produce these festive items, using our own skills and passion for engineering to make a different piece each year. We have chosen to split the proceeds to three local charities - Fresh Hair salon at the Royal Stoke University Hospital Cancer Centre, which is close to my own heart, Peter Pan Children's Centre in Wolstanton and Newcastle Community Transport which help local residents to get out and about. This year, we were so pleased to raise over £675 for these worthy causes.
Special thanks to my colleague Simon Bowyer and engineering learners Joe May, Agapi Gapuz, Dylan Hawthorne and Tommy Hallmark who worked on the project. Also thank you to the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes and Michael Angelo's Coffee Shop who supported the sales of the coasters."
A cheque was presented to the three charities at a recent event held at the Millrise Extra-Care Village in Newcastle.