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QE Students Show They Care

Date Posted: 02/06/2020 | Posted In: Latest news

Students from QE’s Interact Club have continued to support the local community during the COVID- 19 pandemic. During the lockdown, members of the College’s club have sent over 1,500 letters to the most vulnerable members of the community and provided party supplies to residents of Abbeyfield Darlington Society ensuring their VE Day celebrations went off with a bang. The students have also donated healthcare items, sweet treats and over 100 homemade scrub bags to key workers within the County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust.

As a result of their charity and community work all year, the students have been awarded two prestigious national awards. QE’s student group, which has close links with the Rotary Club, was proud to receive the Rotary Best Project Award for their ‘I Promise’ project in which members outlined their intentions and commitment to helping others in the coming year. Promises ranged from raising funds to pay for 200 polio vaccinations to helping to clean local beaches. The second award, the Rotary National Young Citizens of the Year, recognises the scope, innovation and impact of community projects throughout the UK. During the past year, students have taken part in a wide range of activities designed to have a positive impact upon their local community. These activities, linked to their initial promises, include:

  • Working with Age UK to serve 120 Christmas lunches to older members of the community
  • Visiting a local care home on a weekly basis to play board games with residents and reduce social isolation
  • Sending story book packs to children living in conflict zones
  • Completing dementia awareness training and raising £250 for the Alzheimer’s Society
  • Creating 10 cancer care bags and delivering them to a local hospital’s cancer ward
  • Baking and decorating 192 cupcakes before gifting them to Darlington’s emergency services
  • Spending a night sleeping outdoors and raising £450 for a local homeless charity

Interact Club President, Jessica Elmore, spoke passionately about the group’s wonderful activities when she was recently interviewed by Simon McCoy as part of Afternoon Live on the BBC News Channel. She comments: “We are delighted to be named Rotary National Young Citizens of the Year, an award that recognises the work we have done this year. It has involved a lot of hard work by a great many people but at the same time has been both fun and rewarding from a personal point of view”. The group has also received several mentions from Chris Evans on Virgin Radio.

Nancy Wall, Interact Club Co-ordinator, adds: “This award is well deserved recognition for some of the outstanding work done by our Interact students over the course of this year. They have demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to a range of different projects that have had a positive influence upon the lives of a number of people within the local area.”