Carpentry students at Moreton Morrell College get crafty for charity - The Leamington Observer

Carpentry students at Moreton Morrell College get crafty for charity

CARING carpentry students at Moreton Morrell College have been whittling away for charity.

The students, of different levels, at the college have joined forces to create an array of items including coasters, chopping boards, tea light holders and tables in aid of Warwick-based charity Molly Ollys.

The goodies will be sold or raffled off at the college’s annual Lambing and Animals Weekend – which is held at Nether Moreton Farm in March – with a percentage of the profits going to support children suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

Last year students took £800 worth of orders over the weekend and sold raffle tickets to raise money for Oxfam’s Humanitarian Appeal.

The students will man a stall at the event on March 25 and March 26 where 40 per cent of the cash raised from items sold will be donated to Molly Ollys.

The charity was set up 11 years ago by Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw after their eight-year-old daughter Molly died from kidney cancer. Molly Ollys emotionally supports UK children between 0 and 18 who have a life-threatening illness.

John Billings, carpentry and joinery lecturer at Moreton Morrell College, has seen students embrace the project across the board.

He said: “Each year as part of their personal development, the full-time learners choose a charity, to help promote being a good citizen and raise money for that charity.

“This year Molly Ollys was chosen after hearing about the amazing work they do. Everything we are making is on the basis of 60 per cent of the sale will go towards materials and the rest be donated to charity.

“It really helps students with learning how to price materials and planning labour schedules.”

Jennie Ludford, from Mollys Ollys, visited students at Moreton Morrell College to witness their craftmanship first hand.

She said: “It was fabulous to visit the college and see the talented construction apprentices in action.

“They have made a lovely table out of timber and resin materials which is being raffled off to raise funds for Molly Ollys. We are very grateful to the team for supporting us and I was pleased to be able to explain to the apprentices about the work that we do at the charity and to play a video of three children with life-threatening illnesses that we have helped.”


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