Mythical creature themed fundraiser raises fantastical funds for local charity

This year has been a challenging one, especially for those living in poverty. Charities who help vulnerable children and families are needed now more than ever, which is why it is incredibly important to do all we can to support these organisations during this difficult time.

While many of us will be looking forward to Christmas this year, we must remember that this isn’t the case for everyone. Many families will be worrying about how they will afford to put gifts under the tree, food on the table and decorations in the windows.

Every year Ashton Sixth Form College arrange a sponsored, themed dressing up day to raise funds for a local charity. Despite the hurdles faced by colleges during the pandemic, the college still pushed ahead with their plans as they knew this fundraiser was more vital than ever.

The theme this year was to dress like a mythical creature, and it’s safe to say that the costumes were magical. Learners dressed up as gnomes, elves, unicorns, witches, and there were even appearances from a griffin and the abominable snowman!

The fantastic efforts of learners and staff at the college helped to raise an amazing £2100 for the Tameside Toy Appeal. This charity uses all donated funds to purchase gifts for Tameside children living in poverty, including toys for babies and children, and gift sets and technology for older children and teenagers.  

Guy Marshall, Vocational Quality Manager / Head of Education and Health at Ashton Sixth Form College said: “Our fundraiser was amazing with learners dressing as mythical creatures and collecting sponsorship. We exceeded our target by over £500, raising £2100 for the Tameside Toy Appeal. This charity does great work to provide Christmas gifts to children in the local community who may be facing financial hardship at the moment.

“As the target groups of this charity are the same as our placements, this is an extremely worthwhile cause for us. We have missed so much this year, so it was an absolute pleasure to be able to run the fundraiser and have a bit of fun, albeit at a safe social distance.”

Ashton Sixth Form College delivers the Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner, the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) and the Technical Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care.

Find out more about the work of the Tameside Toy Appeal.