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Last week, Health and Social Care, Early Years, Public Services and Sport departments at New College teamed together (virtually) to help raise awareness and money for Stand up to Cancer. 

There were a number of fantastic efforts from a bake-off, judged in a group video call by staff, to running, wish trees and a 26-mile cycle. Health and Social Care students Enya and Ellie both decided to take on cycling challenges.

Enya opted for a brave 100-mile cycle on a Turbo Trainer in her back garden. She said: and it was very hard and challenging, but my parents encouraging me through all of it kept me motivated. I’ve raised £270 so far from the cycle, which I’m really please with.”

Ellie did a 26-mile ride from Swindon, to Highworth and Lechlade and back. Ellie said: “I will always be happy to do my best to help the less fortunate. Cancer is close to my heart, as I’ve lost 2 family members to it. This week we sadly laid a close family friend to rest due to cancer. This made my 26-mile cycle mentally easier, I constantly had her in my mind thinking that I was doing this for her and her family.”

Ellie went on to explain that tackling the hills was her biggest struggle, but other than that, she found the ride to be an enjoyable and a great experience. She initially had a goal of raising £50 via her ‘Go Fund Me’ page, but has already managed to raise £155 so far.  

Andrea Howe, Health and Social Care Section Leader at New College Swindon said: “Ellie is a committed, reliable and upbeat student, with a real passion and desire to rise to the Health and Social Care challenge and the NHS 6 C's': care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.”

Before the College shut physically, lecturers in Health and Social Care delivered lessons on the impact of Cancer and how diet, fitness, care, positivity and support can build resilience and help families who are suffering. Andrea Howe explained that with this fresh in the minds of learners they decided to carry on with the Stand up to Cancer event virtually.

Andrea said: “We have raised over £500 so far and in this current climate that is very good, but what is GREAT is that our learners and teaching staff were able to virtually work together to support such a great cause.”

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