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Friday, 21 October 2016 11:32

Newton Abbot College passes the fundraising test.

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Newton Abbot College passes the fundraising test.

Newton Abbot College raises over £9,000 for Devon charity of rescuers.

Newton Abbot College was proud to present its chosen charity for the academic year 2015-16, Dartmoor Search and Rescue (Ashburton), a cheque for an incredible £9066.23.

Newton Abbot College cheque presentation to Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton following a year raising money for the Devon charity

The amazing total reflects a year of dedicated fundraising by the College, including sponsored swims, non-uniform days, student-led fundraising drives, tutor group challenges and the Lynmouth to Teignmouth walk undertaken by staff and students in July.

A cheque for the total was presented to Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton in front of 200 students and staff. The final total was revealed to a thrilled Alan Pewsey, Fundraising Officer for the Charity: “We are delighted and humbled by the amazing support from the students and staff of Newton Abbot College. Their enthusiasm has resulted in the College being the most successful organisation who have supported us as their annual charity that we’ve ever had by quite some margin. Amazing!”

Mr Pewsey took time during the presentation to outline the impact of such an impressive total: “It costs around £15 – 20,000 a year to keep the team operational and we rely on the public for over 92% of our funding to continue our free service to the community and visitors of not just Dartmoor, but across Devon, and sometimes further afield. The support the College has given us is very much appreciated. Not just by our volunteers, but also to those who need our services that can and does save lives. The College can be very proud of their achievements.”

Assistant Principal, Katherine West, couldn’t have been happier with the total: “It was an incredible moment revealing the staggering amount our students have raised to Dartmoor Search and Rescue. The total really is testament to the dedication of our students and the importance that charitable giving plays in the ethos and culture of the College. We were proud to have been able to work with such a great organisation as Dartmoor Search and Rescue (Ashburton) and we hope the money raised will make a real difference to the wider community in need of their services.”

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