Posted on 24/10/2011
A team of more than 100 students from Royal Holloway, University of London swapped text books and laptops for rubbish bags, garden tools and scrubbing brushes for the College’s Make A Difference Day.
The annual day of volunteering sees tens of thousands of people up and down the country get together to make a difference in their communities, with students at Royal Holloway keen to do their bit.
This year Make A Difference Day took place on Friday 21 October with students giving up their free time to lend a hand in community projects including: a blitz on litter in Egham and Englefield Green; painting St Peter’s Church Hall in Chertsey; and cleaning the windows at Englefield Green Village Centre.
College clubs and societies were also keen to get involved with members of the volleyball team spending the day helping out at Heathrow Special Needs Farm and members of the College's Absolute Harmony Choir creating an activities book for residents at Birchlands Care Home, in Englefield Green.
The Women's Football Team put their teamwork to good use by splitting into two groups and cleaning up around the United Church of Egham, picking up litter and weeding and cleaning and organizing the kitchen. Janet Figgins, from the Church, said: “What a good team they turned out to be. It looks so clean and tidy there is not a speck of anything untoward to be seen. Not one of the team would even stop for refreshments. I have been asked by everyone at the church to say how much their time and efforts were appreciated."
Beth Rowley, Community Action Volunteer Manager said: “This year we have had enormous interest from our students, who were all keen to muck in and lend a hand. As the title of the day suggests, we really hope we do ‘make a difference’ and leave the local area a little cleaner, brighter and happier than it was before!”
To find out more about student volunteering visit the Community Action Volunteering web page.