College students are hoping to score cash for charity after getting behind a new sports-inspired volunteer and fundraising project.
Uniformed services students from Lynn’s College of West Anglia have teamed up with local cancer charity, Big C, for the year-long initiative described as a “win, win” for everyone involved.
A total of 16 students will help serve customers in the charity’s Norfolk Street shop, on a rota basis over the next 12 months, to gain volunteering experience and customer service skills.
But they will also be taking charge of sourcing their own used sports equipment, to clean-up, price, manage and sell in the shop to raise cash for charity.
All the money they raise through sales will be split equally between the Big C and Games Changers, which provides sporting activities in deprived areas of Lynn, under The Linnets’ Blue and Gold Supporters’ Trust.
The partnership idea was suggested by Pat Kavanagh, course director of uniform and public services at the college, and if it proves successful, future students could get to take part as well.
Tonia King, manager of the Big C centre and shop, said she was delighted to get the students involved.
“It is fantastic having them come and volunteer with us as it’s quite hard to find young volunteers,” she said.
“It’s going to give them life skills as they will get to work with a diverse mix of volunteers, and it will raise money for two local charities, so it’s a win, win for all concerned.”
She said all the sports equipment collected by the students will be clearly labelled in the shop so customers can see which items are involved in the project.