Student Collects Clothes for Gambia

Health and Social Care student Rosie Barker has called for donations of clothes to take to an orphanage in Gambia.

The 17-year-old former Wellington School pupil will make space in her case when she flies to West Africa with her mum on February 15.

Rosie from Timperley said: “My mum went on holiday to Gambia and went to the orphanages. The children have the bare minimum in schools. There’s no paper or pens!

“It’s so different from what we have at College. We get referencing lessons, telling you about how to use all the books in the library. Children there need the basics - things like bottled water.”

Equality is an integral part of Rosie's Level 3 Health and Social Care course, where there is strong emphasis on community. This term, college staff have organised opportunities for students to gain experience at Heathside Residential Home following placements Washway Road Day Nursery.

Rosie, who wants to be a mental health care nurse, said: “Health and Social Care teaches you about giving and people who have nothing. I know they’ll be smiling and they’ll appreciate what we can take over.”

Head of Studies for Health, Social Care and Early Years, Lisa Radcliffe, said: “Fundraising is an integral part of our curriculum. Rosie has devised the charity she is going to be working for and she is going across the world to raise awareness for the charity. This is a perfect example of our students going above and beyond what is expected of them and what she is doing is a credit to the college.”