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1st June 2021

Each year, staff from Newcastle College's engineering team use their skills and expertise to design and produce festive items, raising money for local charities close to their hearts.

Towards the end of 2020, the team decided to produce USB powered Christmas trees to sell to colleagues and through a local retail outlet. Funding the project themselves to purchase the electronics required and using upcycled materials from the workshop, the department created the Christmas trees in their own time, encouraging students to join in the initiative.

Leading the annual fundraising projects, Roger Sharman, Curriculum Leader for Mechanical Engineering said, "We really enjoy working together to produce these Christmas items, using our own skills and knowledge to make a different piece each year. This year, we have chosen to split the proceeds to three local charities - Fresh Hair salon at the Royal Stoke University Hospital Cancer Centre, which is close to my own heart, Peter Pan Children's Centre in Wolstanton and Newcastle Community Transport which help local residents to get out and about. Each year our target is to raise between £300 and £500 during the fundraising.

"Once Covid-19 restrictions lift, we hope to visit each charity in person to present them with a cheque, which we hope will be very soon."

Pictured is Roger Sharman and Simon Bowyer with their USB Christmas Tree creation.