College’s caring festive cheer

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By Hannah O’Hanlon

Campbeltown’s Argyll College care sector students have been working harder than Santa’s elves this month, collecting and wrapping hundreds of Christmas gifts to be distributed to vulnerable and lonely elderly people.

They joined students from campuses across the region in the seasonal project in support of the Campaign to End Loneliness.

About 500 gifts in total will be given out as students, staff and members of the public donated non-perishable food and drink, books, toiletries and small gifts to the college centres in the run-up to Christmas.

The students wanted to find a way to show appreciation for older generations who have contributed to society and may now be without family at this festive time of year.

Childhood practice tutor Kerry McGeachy said: ‘The support has been outstanding and we are truly humbled by the generosity of staff, students and the wider community.

‘We quite literally have hundreds of gifts to be distributed throughout Argyll.’

Kerry’s fellow tutor and curriculum lead for care and childcare, Kyla Steele, said: ‘The activity links with many of the themes in a number of courses in the care sector and the students have taken this on wholeheartedly.

‘Local businesses have also been supportive with donations and it’s great to see this kind of community spirit.’

Carers Direct representative Denis McGlennon said: ‘We are delighted that Argyll College students have decided to support the Campaign to End Loneliness, and the generosity of the businesses and communities of Argyll is extremely gratifying.

‘These small gifts will help those older members of our community feel a little less isolated this Christmas.’

Hannah Hutchison with some of the Islay donations. NO_c51argyllcollege02
Hannah Hutchison with some of the Islay donations. NO_c51argyllcollege02

Campbeltown care students wrapping Christmas gifts. NO_c51argyllcollege01

Hannah Hutchison with some of the Islay donations. NO_c51argyllcollege02