Lincoln UTC’s Early Christmas Gifts For Lincoln Foodbank And One Me

December 19, 2016 1:56 pm

Christmas has come early for two Lincoln Charities, thanks to Lincoln University Technical College (UTC).

The college has donated over 150 items of food to Lincoln’s Foodbank, along with £165 to the One Me charity.

The long-life food donated to the foodbank was gathered through a Reverse Advent Calendar, whereby during December students brought in food to college to pass on to the charity.

Organised by Lincoln UTC’s Head of Six Form, Helen Brace, the Reverse Advent Calendar will provide much needed, long-life food supplies to numerous people across the city over the Christmas period.

Everything from rice and tinned vegetables, through to tinned pies, preserves, sweets and Christmas Puddings have been brought in by the 14 to 18-year-old students.

Part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, and run in partnership with local churches, facilitated by Acts Trust, Lincoln’s Foobank works to combat poverty and hunger across the UK by providing nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are in crisis.

As well as supporting Lincoln’s Foodbank, students also paid to wear their Christmas Jumpers to school on Friday 16th December. The proceeds were donated to the One Me charity, which offers bursaries of between £100 and £1000, helps enhance young people’s education, employability skills and thereby aid citizenship and community development.

Lincoln UTC students decided to fundraise for the charity, which was set up by the Lincolnshire Education Business Partnership, as it had previously helped a current student continue their education by contributing to their travel costs through a bursary.

“It has been a fantastic effort by everyone involved,” said Helen. “It is great to be able to make a difference to these two great initiatives, which help put food on the table for people and also allow young people to continue learning when they would otherwise drop out of education.”

Amy Colley, Foodbank Coordinator added: “Lincoln Foodbank is so grateful for the very generous donation from UTC, all of the food that goes into our food parcels is donated and we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the support and donations provided by the local community. In the last year we have helped to support over 2000 local people in Lincoln with emergency food parcels, and with areas in Lincoln that are in the top 1% of deprivation for the UK we know that this donation will be very well used. Thank you so much to all the staff and students from UTC for your support and fantastic donation.”

Mel Holliday, Chair of one me said: “one me work to enable young people between the ages of 16-25 to achieve their dreams. Financial barriers should not prevent young people from achieving their goals and we aim to help those who may be struggling to fulfil their potential due to lack of funds. It is fantastic that students and staff at UTC have chosen to raise a fantastic amount to help young people in need. This could really make the difference to someone of a similar age achieve their potential in the coming years.”

Opened in 2014 and based on Lindum Hill, Lincoln UTC is a specialist college educating 14 to 18 year olds in core subjects including Mathematics and English alongside specialist studies in Engineering and Science. Supported by the University of Lincoln, Siemens and a range of Lincolnshire businesses, up to 160 students are admitted into Year 10 and Year 12 each academic year.

This summer the UTC celebrated their examination results, exceeding national standards across the specialist subjects in Post 16 and proving to be an outstanding college for the delivery of Mathematics. 100% of leavers entered education, employment or training with 93% of students securing their first-choice university. A wealth of Apprenticeship opportunities were secured by UTC students in Years 11, 12 and 13 including Siemens, Alan Woods, Fairfield, the Royal Navy and Air Tanker.

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