More than a dozen charities are set to benefit from the funds raised at West Nottinghamshire College’s Christmas market.

Organised by early years and health and social care students, this week’s festive fayre saw sales of cakes, sweets, chocolate reindeer, wax melts and candles on sale to students and staff, along with the chance to win a selection of prizes.

Visitors could win prizes through the ‘naughty or nice’ roulette game as well as take part in a ‘high-low’ card game to win gifts such as festive food and soft drinks, bath bombs and candles.

Through the sale of prize raffles to win hampers, a tombola, and guessing the name of the bear and the number of sweets in a jar, as well as both groups’ Go Fund Me pages, these creative and festive-themed efforts raised an impressive £1,209.12.

Students from the two curriculum areas will be sharing out the funds to local and national charities such as Women’s Aid, NSPCC, Wish Upon a Star, Cancer Research UK, Little Princess Trust, Marie Curie, Endometriosis UK, SENSE, Support Dogs and many more.

Head of Department for Early Years, Education Travel and Tourism, Leigh Jarvis, said: “I was thrilled to see so many people enjoying the atmosphere at the market. Each of the stalls had plenty of customers buying, winning and donating money – it was a great atmosphere.

“Thanks go to everyone at college who generously supported the students and their teams who made this happen. Our teams will be contacting the charities in due course to share out the proceeds from the event – I’m very proud of how well the students made this work.”

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