Bury College Public Services students led the way in cross-college fundraising activities to raise essential awareness and funds for the 2019 Poppy Appeal.

During the run-up to Remembrance Sunday, students worked hard to raise money to support the Armed Forces community. These fundraising initiatives included selling Poppies at high-street shopping stores based in The Rock Bury, as well as in the Mill Gate Shopping Centre. The Mayor of Bury, Councillor Trevor Holt, visited the Public Services students to congratulate them on their fundraising efforts.

Poppy selling also took place across Bury College with staff and students making their contribution and showing their support to the charity.

The charity-drive ended with Public Services students attending the Sunday Remembrance Parade in Bury. The dedicated students continued to collect for the Poppy Appeal both during the parade and at the Memorial, before laying a wreath of behalf of college students and staff. 

Simon Taylor, Bury College Level 3 Team Leader for Public Services, said of the student’s efforts, “A huge well done to our committed Public Services students who have taken part in a range of community and college-wide fundraising initiatives to help support this worthy cause. The students were a credit to the college and themselves during the Remembrance Parade.”

Saad Patel, a former Harper Green School pupil, was one of the Level 3 Public Services students to sell poppies across the Bury College campus. Saad said, “We have raised a lot of money for the 2019 Poppy Appeal and it is great that we are reminding others about the message behind the Poppy Appeal.”

Bury College Student Ambassadors also proudly took part in the Remembrance Parade. Student Learning Mentor David Mottershead added, “This was a wonderful community event for students to be a part of and it gave them a great perspective of Remembrance Day and furthered their Ambassadorial roles.”