Calderdale College announces Charity of the Year at Freshers’ Fair

Yorkshire Air Ambulance, an independent air ambulance charity which provides a life-saving emergency service to five million people across Yorkshire, has been selected by Calderdale College as its Charity of the Year.

The charity was voted for by the College’s 450 employees who came together to launch the partnership at the annual Freshers’ Fair last week. Over 2,000 new and current students had the chance to meet more than 30 local businesses at the Fair including Domino’s, West Yorkshire Police and Nando’s.

In addition, students experienced a number of fun and thrilling attractions, such as a surf ride simulator and magic mirror photobooth, and they enjoyed live music and entertainment.

Representatives from Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) attended the launch at the College’s Inspire Centre and received a warm welcome from staff and students, who wore yellow to mark the occasion.

The College has committed to donating all of its annual fundraising efforts to help the charity, including at coffee mornings, staff and student talks, sponsored walks and bake sales.

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Denise Cheng-Carter, Deputy Principal at the College, said: “We wanted our staff to have a voice and the chance to vote for the charity they’d like to support the most. Yorkshire Air Ambulance is a vital service that makes a huge difference and we’re proud to be able to support them in any way we can.

“We’re working towards creating a happy and thriving workforce, and through our charity work we want to make people feel good about themselves by giving back to help others. We are planning plenty of activities and events throughout the year to ensure our charity gets the support it deserves.”