Cardiff and Vale College students get crafty to raise money for Velindre
Students from Cardiff and Vale College have raised more than £350 for the Breast Care Unit at Velindre by selling craft items they made themselves at the Christmas Fayre on the Hayes in Cardiff.
The CAVC Heart Pillow Project initiative brought together students with additional learning needs and young people aged 16-25 who may be not in education, training or employment the College Widening Participation team works to re-engage with. They raised £372.60 for Velindre.
The Heart Pillow Project is the brainchild of CAVC Fashion students, and is an ongoing scheme that started in 2013 and is taken up incoming students each year. The students make the pillows, which can be tucked under the arm to ease pain for people who have been operated on for breast cancer to raise money for cancer treatment centres.
Students from across the College’s Independent Living Skills (ILS) for people with additional learning needs and Widening Participation departments worked together to produce a range of products to sell at the Fayre. These included heart pillows, felt and clay tree decorations, wreaths, ceramic Christmas tree lights, potted poinsettia, wooden planters with spring bulbs and wooden laser cut coasters.
During the week students from the ILS Work Skills course were joined by learners from the College’s Fast Forward Widening Participation course and a group from the Preparation for Work or Life Skills department. Staff and students worked in shifts from 10am-5.30 and the star salesman was Work Skills student Luke Evans who sold £37 worth of goods in just one hour.
Student John Stone also worked at the Christmas Fayre. He said: “I’ve been talking to people and trying to sell them stuff. Everything here is being sold to raise money for Velindre and was made by the students – I’ve helped to make some of it, like the wreaths. I’ve really enjoyed being here.”