College students give Bute charity a boost

Students from West College Scotland's Greenock Campus with Caroline and Jenna Speirs from Calum's Cabin.
Students from West College Scotland's Greenock Campus with Caroline and Jenna Speirs from Calum's Cabin.

Health and social care students from West College Scotland’s Greenock campus have raised more than £550 for Bute charity Calum’s Cabin.

As part of their ‘Improving Wellbeing’ unit, the Level 4 students from the College’s Greenock campus were asked to investigate factors and behaviours that can be changed to improve the quality of people’s lives.

This led the students to examine aspects of care for people with illnesses and prompted them promote awareness of health problems and agencies that contribute towards treatments and wellbeing by holding a fundraising event for a charity of their choice.

Acquiring prizes from local businesses including Caledonian MacBrayne, the Beacon Arts Centre and Mecca Bingo the students held a tombola and cake sale with all money raised going to their chosen charity Calum’s Cabin, while some also raised extra cash by walking the West Highland Way..

Student Amanda MacLeod from Millport said: “After researching different charities the class decided on Calum’s Cabin as we felt the nature of the charity fitted in well with that of our project. It was really nice to meet the family behind the charity – I have a son the same age as Calum was when he lost his fight which really brought it home to me. It was a great feeling to hand over the money knowing the difference it would make to others.”

Caroline Speirs from Calum’s Cabin said: “As a charity solely run on donations we are forever grateful for the fundraising that people do. Raising this amount of money will allow a family to stay at the cabin in Bute for week giving them respite and quality time as a family to make irreplaceable memories.”