Selby College students are right royal fundraisers

June 16, 2022

Students and staff at Selby College have donated more than £600 to Sleepsafe Selby, which was raised through their Jubilee celebrations.

They held a bake-off themed competition, which saw students and staff put forward their best bakes which were judged by hospitality and catering assessor Liz Brighton and Christine Ross, the owner of local cake company Christine’s Cakes, before being sold. Receptionist Melanie Bloxham was crowned the winner of the staff cake category, which was a large Victorian Sponge cake with fresh fruit, meringue, flowers, flags and a Platinum Jubilee topper.

Wendy Miller, HR Administrator, was winner of the staff traybake category, with her gluten-free mini Victoria Sponge cakes which were decorated with Union Jack flags. Hospitality and Catering student Samantha Mezane won the student cake category with her homemade Kinder Cheesecake. Local businesses also donated to the college’s raffle. Hospitality and catering students made cream teas for attendees, with the proceeds going to the charity alongside the raffle, tombola and cake sale. The Motorist in Sherburn brought along a vintage 1959 Mini to the College’s campus and students and staff also enjoyed a volleyball and table tennis competition, face painting, tree-planting, a ‘Spot the Queen’ treasure hunt and a royal-themed photobooth, which even featured a throne and red carpet. Sleepsafe Selby provides temporary accommodation for the homeless or anyone who is facing a night on the street.

Tracey Romaine, from the charity, said: “At Sleepsafe Selby, our mission goes beyond providing people with a place to stay. We aim to support people in securing tenancies and claiming benefits so that they have somewhere long-term to call home. We also give them a head start by helping to source furniture and provide food parcels and clothing. It’s incredibly heart-warming to have the backing of our local college in helping to raise funds for our crucial work. Contributions such as this go a long way in helping small charities like ours support the people who need it most.” Selby College’s Laura Stanworth, who helped to organise the event, said: “After months of planning, we were delighted with the success of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. We had lots of engagement from learners and colleagues across the college in the activities, particularly the bake-off competition. There was a real buzz across campus and it was lovely to see so many smiling faces on the day.”

Hospitality and Catering students bake-off. (09-06-06 SU)

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