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Students restore furniture for hospice funds

Students are offering their support to a local hospice by revamping furniture as part of their joinery and decorating apprenticeships to help raise funds.

The second and third year students at the college have been putting their skills to use by repairing and refurbishing antique and used furniture donated by members of the public in aid of St Benedict’s Hospice.

The hospice has also provided materials to the college and tasked level 2 joinery students with building furniture from scratch to be sold in a new hospice outlet, which is due to open later this year.

Robert Crutwell, joinery lecturer at the college, said: “Sunderland College has an important role to play in supporting our students to help build skills needed for life after college, and the opportunity to work alongside St Benedict’s Hospice is providing them with valuable experience while in turn helping our local hospice.

“The students have been putting their skills to use, polishing and re-waxing antique furniture so that it is in the best possible condition for sale.  While learning new techniques, the students are also enjoying building high quality bird tables and picnic benches to be sold in the new outlet and all of the funds will be donated to the hospice.”

St Benedict’s Hospice has provided specialist palliative care to the people of Sunderland and surrounding districts since 1984.  Care is provided by the NHS as part of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and is also supported by St. Benedict’s Hospice charity.

Scott Marshall, retail fundraiser at St Benedict’s Hospice, said: “I’m thrilled St Benedict’s Hospice has joined forces with Sunderland College in what I hope will be a mutually beneficial relationship.  So far, I’ve been really impressed by the student’s high standards as they are producing such well-crafted pieces of furniture and revamping antique furniture that typically wouldn’t sell because of its condition.

“It’s fantastic that we have the college’s support in helping raise much needed funds for the charity which relies completely on public donations and I look forward to building on this relationship in the future.”

For more information about Sunderland College, email info@sunderlandcollege.ac.uk or call 0191 511 6000.




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