Each year Reigate College hosts an 'Equality & Community Day' where the students learn about the importance of valuing differences within our community through a series of activities and invited external speakers. Each year we select a charity to be the focus of the day's fundraising. In the past we have raised money for The Samaritans, Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group, Loveworks (our local foodbank which also provides services for isolated elderly members of the community), and last year we raised money for the Camomile Courtyard at East Surrey Hospital (a bespoke garden for patients living with dementia.)
Fundraising is done through asking students to give what they can during their tutorial, a raffle with prizes donated from local businesses, a cake sale and other activities organised by the students union such as 'Guess how many sweets are in the jar?', plate smashing and throwing wet sponges at teachers in stocks.
This year we selected CMV Action as our chosen charity because our former colleague Stephanie Whitelock (former Community and Events Manager) contracted CMV and as a result passed on congenial CMV to her son Gabe. Steph had to make the decision to give up her job in order to support Gabe's development. It was something all of us had been unaware of until it affected Steph so we wanted to raise awareness of it as well as support the charity and Steph's fundraising. We will be splitting the money raised on the day 50/50 between CMV Action and 'Gabe's Goals.'