Students raise cash for Treetops charity

Mary Rose of Treetops Hospice thanks the pre access students of Derby College for their fund raising efforts
Mary Rose of Treetops Hospice thanks the pre access students of Derby College for their fund raising efforts
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Hundreds of pounds raised by students at Derby College in Ilkeston will help provide end of life care for the terminally ill.

The pre -access students held two charity events to raise funds for Treetops Hospice in Risley , which provides care for people who are terminally ill.

The first was a bag pack at Tesco, which raised £304, and the second was a raffle and tombola held at the Ilkeston campus of Derby College, which raised £152.

One of the students, Robyn Phillips, 25, said: “A lot of people cared for by Treetops have Alzheimer’s which fits in with the mental health side of the course, which is a level two certificate for health professionals.

“We had donations from very generous shops in Ilkeston for the raffle. “

The events saw £456 raised which has now been handed over to staff from the hospice. This is treble the amount that was raised last year and Robyn said that they had local business - who contributed prizes - to thank. These include Studio Five Beauty, the Sir John Warren, The Observatory and Can’t Resist Cakes.

She said: “If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t have raised as much money in the raffle. We more than tripled the amount that was raised last year. If it wasn’t for the business in Ilkeston we wouldn’t have raised as much at the college. The people who donated at Tesco were also very generous.”

The money was handed to Mary Rose from the hospice and will go towards caring for the terminally ill.