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Posted: 17/12/15

Students run the traditional fundraiser

There were 172 pairs of feet pounding the pavements from West Nottinghamshire College yesterday (16 December) as staff and students took part in their annual Santa Fun Run.

  • Fun and fitness at the starting line
  • Hopefully this duo could see where they were running
  • Sophie Harding came second place in the female category
  • Trudi Dean and Rob Shaw holding the cheque, watched by some fun run participants

The crowds from all areas of the college took a determined run, some took a walk, to Berry Hill Park and back, to raise money for the Mansfield Cold Weather Shelter – a charity which benefitted so well from the college last Christmas.

Santas, elves, people wearing morphsuits, and joggers in festive jumpers all set off for the fundraiser which is now in its fifth year.

The 5km fun run, which has become a Christmas tradition at the college, raised a staggering £732.12 for the shelter, with cash still pouring in. The money raised will be used to provide much needed support for homeless people who use the service.

The shelter is based at the Mansfield Baptist Church Centre, on Rosemary Street, and provides refuge for people sleeping rough. It is a partnership between the Baptist church, Mansfield District Council, Mansfield BID and Transforming Notts Together.

Trudi Dean, the curriculum manager for computer science, has managed the fun run since it began. She said: “This event always makes me smile when I see the happy faces of the students who come along in their outfits to selflessly raise cash for those less fortunate. We always get such fantastic support from the crowds.

“Our students deserve to feel very proud of the amount raised for the cold weather shelter. Last year’s donation made such a difference when we faced heavy snow on Boxing Day. This meant that many people who sleep rough, could go along to the shelter with the assurance of being warm and dry during the bad weather.

“Well done West Notts yet again!”




All charity contributions have now been counted and the college is delighted to announce that the grand total raised is £1245.79.