Students step out for charity

Kind-hearted health and social care students from New College Durham organised a Memory Walk to raise essential funds to develop an innovative new project for people living with dementia . 

70 people, including students and staff, and their family and friends, walked a 1.6 mile circular route around the perimeter of Beamish Museum to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. 

The students are planning to develop a dementia café service at New College Durham, with the support of Alzheimer’s Society.  They hoped to raise £400 from their sponsored walk, however, due to generous donations, they more than doubled that amount and generated over £800. They will be presenting a cheque to the charity next month. 

17-year-old Natalie Telford, a second year Level 3 Health and Social Care student at New College Durham took part in the walk.  Natalie, who lives in Thornley, is applying to university to study mental health and would like to become a mental health nurse.  She said: 

“I enjoyed the walk and being able to see friends from college, alongside the local community, getting involved in a good cause and raising money for a worthwhile charity. It was a really fun evening.”

The students who took part in the walk are studying Level 3 Health and Social Care and the Foundation Degree Applied Health and Social Care at New College Durham.

Helen Owen, Head of School for Health, Care and Public Services at New College Durham, said:

“It was heart-warming to see many of our students, staff, children and grandchildren, joining together to raise money for the Alzheimer’s charity. The event had a very humbling feeling as we walked side by side with many people whose lives are affected by dementia. 

“The dementia café project will provide an excellent opportunity for our students to work in partnership with the local community and gain hands-on experience of working closely with individuals with a diagnosis of dementia, and see the impact it has on their lives, and the lives of their family.”

Lucy King, Alzheimer’s Society Community Fundraiser in the North East, said: 

“We rely heavily on fundraising efforts from organisations and individuals alike, so we’re incredibly grateful to students and staff at New College Durham. Every penny raised from events such as this goes towards research and support services for people living with dementia.”

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