College to host charity auction

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AN auction to raise funds for the children’s charity Rockinghorse will take place on April 28.

It is being organised by Access to Higher Education students from Sussex Downs College and will be held at the Lewes campus, Mountfield Road, in the Performing Arts building between 6pm and 8.30pm.

Rockinghorse is a charity that supports sick children in Sussex and Surrey. The charity works with many children with life-threatening conditions, profound physical or learning disabilities. It works in partnership with respite centres and hospitals.

The group of eight students has been asking local businesses in Sussex, together with family and friends, for donations towards the cause. They have procured a range of exciting items including paintings by local artists, kitchenware, a variety of vouchers for hairdressing, reflexology, fencing lessons and a butcher’s hamper. All the proceeds from the auction will go to Rockinghorse.

The students, as part of their course, were set the challenge to complete an activity that will reflect their ability to work as a group. Laura Rowland, who is a student in the Access course, came up with the idea of an auction in support of sick children because she has a son who has suffered with ill health since infancy and has been in and out of hospital for most of his life.

Laura said: “Raising funds for sick children is something that is close to my heart.”

The Access course provides people who missed out on a higher education, due to a variety of reasons, a second chance to realise their dreams. Those gaining an Access qualification are accepted by many universities in Britain for entry into higher education.

Tickets for the auction can be purchased at the college via Marian Chambers or at the door. Each ticket costs £3. Entry for accompanied children is free. On the evening, there will be light refreshments, a raffle draw and entertainment.