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Newham College hosts VIP Event for Education Charity Supporters

Feb 02, 2018

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Sponsors from the world of business joined VIP guests, including MP Stephen Timms, students and members of the press for a students’ And sponsors dinner at Newham College yesterday evening.

A three course meal was prepared and served by catering and hospitality students for the Learning Revolution Trust (LRT) supporters. 

The LRT, which was established by Newham College in 2012, supports disadvantaged students in east London. It aims to remove financial barriers to education and creates a culture of ambition, opportunity and learning. Many of the trusts’ bursaries come in the forms of relatively small amounts that can have a significant positive effect on students continuing their education or successfully starting employment. Examples of bursary usage include travel, food, clothing and educational resources.

Students who have benefited from the work of LRT were also at the dinner and shared details of what they have achieved as a result of the trust’s support. One student who is now completing a degree in Forensic Science at London Met said:

“My life was just taking each day as it came. I didn’t know if I’d receive any money to eat, travel to college or if I would have clean clothes. It was just a struggle...

The Learning Revolution Trust funding helped massively. I was in a time of need where I didn’t have one pound in my pocket...

I’m grateful that the Learning Revolution Trust was there when I really needed someone.”

Stephen Timms MP spoke about the importance of LRT bursaries in giving people from less privileged backgrounds the means to realise their aspirations. Other speakers included Paul Stephen, Principal and Chief Executive of Newham College and Martin Cumella, Chair of the LRT. Liesel Sharpe from Maze 8 also talked about their commitment to the LRT and the students it supports.

The LRT generates income through sponsorship and charity events. The most recent event was the Newham College ‘Shining Stars’ student awards ceremony in June 2017, which raised over £51,400 thanks to the generosity of sponsors. To date the LRT has provided bursaries and hardship grants to over 400 students.

The charity’s supporters who attended the dinner at Newham College’s East Ham Campus, also donated over £250 on the night. This will fund bursaries for students who have overcome exceptional circumstances in pursuit of educational progress, at the next Shining Stars event on 28th June 2018.

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