Last Updated: Wednesday, November 21, 2018

College Became a Super Hub

North Lindsey College became the local super hub for the Link to Hope, Shoebox appeal 2018.

With over 400 volunteers, the Events Centre based within North Lindsey College’s campus was transformed into a Christmas frenzy with wrapping, packing, and sorting of 4,603 shoeboxes ready for Eastern Europe. 

The charity helps rebuild lives and communities in Eastern Europe, in countries such as Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria and Ukraine.  Every Christmas the charity sends out shoeboxes filled with items to give to families, the young and elderly and this year was no exception.

“The week was amazing the volunteers worked so hard, all made a big contribution and will make some families very happy this Xmas,” said Alan Rayment, Manager of the Kingsway Fitness Suite in Scunthorpe.  Alan was pivotal in organising the hub to take place at the College, getting students involved and enabling them to building up their essential work experience hours. 

Alan travelled abroad with the charity in 2017 to see for himself the impact that the shoebox charity efforts had on those who received them.

Kirsty Allan, Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education student, who progressed to the College from Winterton Community Academy helped prepare the boxes, “It has been really good helping with the shoeboxes because you know they are going to help others less fortunate than us and it’s is such a good cause.”

Gary Youngman, Super Hub Manager, was delighted with the response from staff and students and said, “It’s been fantastic that the College has agreed to let the students help.  I hope they have benefitted from knowing that these boxes have gone to those less fortunate than themselves.  It has been fantastic.”