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 Kirsten Harman left with Jodie Cornford middle St Michaels Hospice

A local college student has raised £1,500 for St Michael’s Hospice after holding a coffee morning in Hastings.

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Kirsten Harman, who studies Level 3 Business at Sussex Coast College Hastings, held the event at Sacred Heart Primary School in Hastings on Saturday 20th May to raise money for the charity.

Kirsten organised and hosted the event in-aid of St Michael’s Hospice as part of a college course module, but also had a personal motivation to raise money for the Hospice.

Kirsten said: “We had just over a month to identify, plan and hold an event for one of our modules. However, I was already planning to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice, so thought that it would be a great opportunity to combine the two.

I really wanted to give something back to the Hospice after the care and support they gave to my Nan before she passed away, and this seemed like the perfect way.”

Kirsten took on the task by herself and managed to secure a venue, prizes and gifts for a raffle, and publicise the event, all with next to no cost.

“The generosity of everyone I spoke to was amazing. The school kindly let me have the hall for free, my friends and family helped spread the word and baked loads of fabulous cakes, and local businesses were able to donate lots of great prizes.

I sold raffle tickets to raise more money for those people who couldn’t make it along to the coffee morning. The raffle prizes were amazing; people won tours around vineyards, discounted entry to attractions, and food vouchers. The Hastings Adventure Golf also donated generously, which was just phenomenal.”

200 people came along to the coffee morning to show their support, enjoy cream teas, slices of cake, and lots of tea and coffee.

“I was gobsmacked when I counted the total at the end of the day, and couldn’t quite believe how much we had raised. I’m very grateful to everyone who donated and I’m glad to be supporting the Hospice.”

Jodie Cornford, Fundraising Manager at St Michael's Hospice said: “Kirsten has done amazingly well, especially knowing the time constraints she was faced with; one month to plan and deliver the coffee morning, whilst also studying and working.

I know it has been a difficult time for Kirsten, but I am really pleased to have been a part of her journey and witness the passion that she has for fundraising and event planning. We are all extremely proud of her achievements, both personally and in terms of her fundraising, as well as being grateful for her support and kindness.

I know that Kirsten is very appreciative of the support that her friends and family have given her, but also the generosity of strangers that either came along on the day or donated in advance, this really does show the spirit of our community.

We all wish Kirsten the very best for the future and look forward to working with her again soon.”

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Summer is fast approaching, college is almost over for another year, so what will keep you busy for the next couple of months?

Well, we’ve found 5 of the top gadgets you can use while you’re firing up the BBQ down the beach, or heading to a festival.

1, Solar Powered Portable Charger // from £16.99 // where can I get it? -> http://amzn.to/2rB0nHy

This is a must-have gadget if you’re heading to a festival this summer. The portable charger has been revolutionary to many people, but it has to be the worst thing ever when you forget to charge it up. So why not let the sun do it for you. This solar powered charger will keep your phone charged all summer long – providing the sun stays out!

2, Waterproof Headphones // from £18.99 // where can I get them? -> http://amzn.to/2sai11Y

With more and more phones becoming waterproof it is about time that there were headphones to use with the phones, and now there are. These Bluetooth headphones will be perfect for spending the day by the pool or down the beach listening to your Spotify playlist, without worrying about them getting wet. You can expect to get about 7 hours out of them on a single charge, but they’re more splash proof rather than deep sea diving.

3, Waterproof Speakers // from £30 // where can I get them? -> http://amzn.to/2qwgpCt

Hosting a pool party this summer? Then you’ll need these waterproof speakers. Dot a couple of these around the side of the pool and you’ll be a big hit with your mates. Compatible with most devices, the speaker has a 10m Bluetooth range and can be full immersed in up to 3ft of water, while still producing a big sound. Failing that, you could always use it the bath or shower.

4, Phonesoap Smartphone Sanitizer // from £25 // where can I get it? -> http://amzn.to/2qxCSuH

The combination of blazing sunshine, sun cream and a sandy beach may leave you in a bit of a mess. But that’s where this handy little gadget comes in. This phone sanitizer, ideal for cleaning your phone, can also be used on other items such as clothes, knives and forks, watches, and sunglasses. And what’s move, the USB port lets you charge your phone at the same time.

5, PSI Bands // from £28 // where can I get it? -> http://amzn.to/2qCnbBK

If you suffer from travel-sickness then these comfy and adjustable PSI wristbands help to relieve nausea. Using acupressure, they stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. Hopefully, you’ll be able to say goodbye to travel-sickness.

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Each week, students from all over the world visit the college to study and explore Hastings and the South East.

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We recently welcomed 15 students from the Netherlands to study and stay with us for three weeks. We caught up with Romana Hilgers to find out about her time at SCCH.

“Hi, I’m Romana, I’m 18, and I’m from the Noord-Brabant region in the south of Holland.

There are 15 of us in our group and we all study at Cingel College in Breda. We have lots of different interests, some of us study Travel and Tourism and the others study Catering.

We found out about this opportunity during our English lesson. Our college is really good at organising study trips, so when we had the opportunity to study in the UK, we couldn’t turn it down.

While I was in Hastings, I chose to study Travel and Tourism. The lessons were really interesting, and it was great to see how Travel is taught in the UK. We had lessons about world geography, popular tourism destinations, and practised cabin crew procedures in the College’s fuselage, which is a replica of a plane.

The other students studied Catering and spent some time in the College’s kitchens, learning to prepare and create desserts, they had a barista lesson where they made coffee, and they helped with front of house service in the college restaurant.

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We also had English lessons together which were very useful because we were able to improve everything including speaking, writing, listening and grammar.

We all stayed with host families, who were all really nice and made us feel welcome. During the evenings and weekends we had lots of free time to do things that we enjoy. We explored Hastings, taking walks on the beach, visiting the arcades, and trying out some of the restaurants and bars.

During our first weekend here, we caught the train to Brighton, spent some time on the Pier and did some shopping. The second weekend, we were like proper tourists and visited London. We had a ride on the London Eye, visited Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, took some pictures at Piccadilly Circus and went to Trafalgar Square.

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The only downside - three weeks wasn’t enough! We’ve all absolutely loved our time in Hastings and if it was possibly for us to stay longer, then we would.

I definitely want to come back. My plan is to come back in October for a short holiday, and after I’ve finished my education in Holland I am going to apply to study Travel and Tourism at SCCH for one year.

My long term plan is to work abroad. I love the English culture so studying here will be perfect. Who knows, my future may well be in England.”

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General Dynamics held an apprenticeship recruitment day at Sussex Coast College Hastings earlier this month.

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Building on the success of the last few years, Sussex Coast College and Sussex Downs College, under their newly formed partnership, Sussex Skills Solutions, have teamed up with General Dynamics again this year, to help the avionics and tactical communications manufacturer find two new apprentices.

The Sussex Skills Solutions apprenticeship team met with representatives from General Dynamics at the Ore Valley campus to put 8 keen candidates through their paces. The candidates had the opportunity to impress bosses during a fifteen minute interview, an engineering aptitude test, and an English and maths assessment.

The candidates, who had been shortlisted from applications to General Dynamics, were vying for two positions within the company, one, a Business and Administration position, and the other, an Electronic Engineering position; both with opportunities for progression onto a Higher Apprenticeship.

Joy Sheen, Human Resources Advisor at General Dynamics, said: “The morning was a great success and all the candidates did remarkably well. During the next stage of the recruitment process, we’ll invite five students in for a tour of the business and meet the management team, and from there, we’ll hopefully be able to offer the apprenticeship opportunities to two students for a September start.”

Justin Rollings left presents Joshua Reed with his award

A young fundraiser has scooped the Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award for completing a sponsored walk.

Ten year old Joshua Reed raised £91 for the Special Care Baby Unit at Conquest Hospital during a sponsored walk between Jerwood Gallery in Hastings and Glyne Gap in Bexhill.

His mum, Billie, joined him for the four mile trek as the hospital unit had looked after her for five days when she was pregnant with Joshua, who was born prematurely.

Joshua, who attends Guestling Bradshaw CE Primary School, wanted to raise the money to help to buy equipment to help other babies who are born early.

The Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award is sponsored by Sussex Coast College Hastings and the Hastings Observer Series.

The award is presented to someone aged 18 and under who has excelled in some way. This could be in sport, their academic studies, or if they have performed an important role on a voluntary basis in their own home or the wider community.

Justin Rollings, Head of Marketing and Communications at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said: “What a fantastic idea Joshua had to raise money for the maternity unit in recognition of the help they gave to his mum. It was quite a lengthy walk for a young lad so we congratulate him for his effort and are delighted we can add to his final fundraising figure.”

As part of his award, Joshua will receive a complimentary meal for two and a £100 donation will be made to the Special Care Baby Unit.

To nominate someone for the Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of who you are nominating and the reasons why.

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Rentokil Initial will be bringing two interactive pop-ups, ‘Pestaurant’ and ‘Hygiene Angels’ to Sussex Coast College next month.

Rentokil will set up their award-winning Pestaurant on Wednesday 14th June to give students and visitors the chance to try ‘entomophagy’ (the official name for insect eating) at their ‘mini-bug buffet’. Diners will be able to sample a range of edible insects, including buffalo worms, locusts, BBQ bamboo worms, flying termites and even ‘Frankenstein Fudge’.

Hygiene Angels promotes and educates on the importance of proper hand washing. Hygiene Angels was launched in July 2014 in London, setting a new world record for the number of hands and personal items swabbed during the course of an hour. Visitors to this pop-up will be given the chance to have their hands and belongings swabbed at the Initial Washroom Hygiene swabbing zone, to see how clean they really are.

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On the day, both pop-ups will be run from 10am – 2pm and will be located in the atrium of the college.

Dr Peter Barratt, Initial Washroom Hygiene, comments, “Personal items, such as phones, handbags and computers come into regular contact with our hands, and our Hygiene Angels pop-up highlights just how high the risk of cross-contamination is, how easily germs can spread from one surface to another and why we all need to take more responsibility to improve our hand hygiene.”

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