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6th Jul, 2022

Carpenters get sawing and planing to help Ukrainian refugees

CARPENTRY students at Moreton Morrell College used their skills to raise funds for a charity appeal supporting Ukrainians.

Students sold items at the college’s recent Lambing and Animals Weekend, held at WCG’s Nether Moreton Farm, in aid of Oxfam’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

The group designed and made products including planters, bird boxes, garden benches, candle holders and welly hangers.

Two students then ran the stall at the event, which was attended by more than 4,000 people, taking £800 worth of orders from customers and also raising money by selling raffle tickets.

The group is now busy making the products to fulfil the orders, supported by fellow carpentry students who are making some of the small planters.

Forty per cent of the money raised will be donated to the appeal.

John Billings, WCG carpentry and joinery lecturer at Moreton Morrell College said: “The students have had to do everything from designing the products and working out costings to marketing these and fulfilling the orders, so it’s a great experience for them. They also decided which charity they would like to support.

“The students who ran the stall did a fantastic job speaking to customers and taking orders, and their confidence grew as the event went on.

“The planters proved the most popular product on the day and everyone is now busy producing all of the orders.

“The project has even inspired some of our students to set-up their own small businesses online. It is certainly something we will look to do as an annual event.”

 

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