On 1 December, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) launched its 12 Days of Kindness college-wide campaign, inspired by the famous carol 12 Days of Christmas.
The aim of the campaign was to inspire and encourage various acts of kindness amongst students and staff, spreading Christmas cheer within the college and local community.
During the 12 days RuTC collected clothing, and money donations for various charities and groups, these included MIND Richmond, METRO, Centrepoint, Cancer Research, Save the Children and the Afghanistan Red Cross.
In addition, staff and students donated food to a local food bank, volunteered their time at a local soup kitchen and litter-picked within the community.
Following 12 days of Kindness the college donated seven large bags of dried, tinned and long-life food to a local foodbank, 10 large bags full of winter clothing for the Afghanistan Red Cross, 1 sleeping bag made from donated crisp packets for the homeless and two large bags full of feminine hygiene products to a local women’s refuge.
In addition, RuTC raised £130 for Centrepoint via cake and decoration sales at the Supported Learning Christmas Fair, £86 for Save the Children through Christmas Jumper Day and £58 for Cancer Research through the sale of Christmas cards made and sold by Art students.
Inspired by the success of the 12 Days of Kindness campaign, the college will be continuing this objective into January with the launch of its ‘Mindfulness Month’ campaign where students will be invited to participate in various activities promoting a positive mindset and wellbeing, including Zumba sessions, art therapy, low mood tutorials and mindfulness lessons.
Find out more about 12 Days of Kindness.
Up to: January 2022
Updated: 26 January 2022