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Winsford campus students help create insulated blankets for the homeless

Dedicated students at Warrington & Vale Royal College’s Winsford campus have been busy collecting empty crisp packets for the Crisp Packet Project. The charity uses crisp packets to create insulating blankets for the homeless, an endeavour that is especially important throughout the cold winter months.

The Level 3 Health & Social Care students have spent the past two weeks collecting the crisp packets from friends and family as well as college staff and students. They set up several drop-off points around the campus along with creating posters to advertise the collection and raising awareness on social media.

Student Harry Buckley was delighted to take part in the collection, saying; “I feel so proud to be part of the incredible group who helped with this. I hope that the homeless feel safer and warmer with the insulating blankets we’re helping to make.”

Tutor Alison Hetherington, who teaches the group, says; “I’m really proud of how they have all worked together and contributed to such a worthwhile cause.” College Enrichment Coordinator Megan Nadin added; “It’s amazing how many packets the students have gathered in such a short space of time.”

Following their collection, the students will carefully wash and cut the crisp packets, ready to be sent on to the Crisp Packet Project. The students have surpassed their target of 440 crisp packets, which will enable the charity to produce 10 survival sheets and comfort those in need.

Click here to find out more about the work of the Crisp Packet Project and get involved.