Teenagers Raise Money for Hospice

Combine cooking and charity work to raise £300

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Six local teenagers have raised £300 for the Shooting Stars Children's Hospice by combining catering skills learned at a government-funded scheme in Chiswick, with selling gifts donated by friends.

Kelsey Cave, Vicki Orphan, Karim Khilji , Kayleigh Marks , Joe Eastwood and Daniel Whittle, who have been studying at The Bridge, provided a specially themed 'Narnia' lunch with a pretty winter wonderland scene, to celebrate achieving their City & Guilds Qualification in Hospitality & Catering .

The lucky guests were treated to homemade quiches, meat and cheeses and homemade mince pies, brownies, cakes and sweets.

Preparing the lunch was the final part of the course so that the students could showcase the skills learned at The Bridge course. The money for charity was raised by selling Christmas boxes of donated presents, an idea the youngsters came up with themselves. The money and the presents will go straight to the Hospice.

Marcia Wooton, Managing Director at The Bridge said: “The idea behind getting the students to organise an event like this is for them to gain practical experience as well as the class room based learning. They also get a real sense of achievement both from organising the event and from raising money for charity.”

Katy, a representative from the charity attended, who was also there added: “It’s wonderful to see what these young people have done today, they should be really proud of themselves”.

The staff at The Bridge are extremely proud of all the students and the hard work that they put into making the event such a success. They have all found jobs and we wish them every success in the future.

The Bridge specialises in providing government funded training courses for organisations based in the London area. They provide practical free services that support the professional, social and cultural development of individuals, organisations and communities across London. Through a range of funding initiatives and constructive partnerships with training providers and community groups The Bridge offers a range of services that include learning skills and training, community based projects and business services.

December 14, 2011