Students and staff taking part in Bridgwater & Taunton College (BTC)’s annual Raise and Give (RAG) events have collected over £3100 for three charities, with donations still coming in.

Students and staff from every curriculum area got involved, often organising their own activities as well as taking part in college-wide events. BTC helped three local charities operating in the area, Somerset & Wessex Eating Disorders Association, Mind in Somerset, and Combat Stress.

A-Level students hosted events including a Just Dance-athon and board games tournament. Health & Social care students had a cake sale and PJ day, while Early Years learners sold cakes, cards, and decorations.

Performing Arts and Dance held a disco, treasure hunt, and lip sync battle, and Art offered a doodle competition.

Uniformed Protective Services and Agriculture students also got involved, washing cars for donations.

The Land-based department ran a fancy dress competition, nail art event, and goat yoga session.

Culinary students sold hot sandwiches and soup on the last day of term. Raffles were held by the Reception teams at Bridgwater, Taunton, and Cannington campuses, and each site collected much-needed donations for local food banks.

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The Early Years students’ bake sale proved popular

Other popular cross-college events included a craft fair, where Foundation Learning students also had a stall, a pet therapy café, Santa Selfies, and a clothing bank.

Molly Arden, Lifestyle team leader, said: “RAG is a major annual event in the College calendar and raises money to support local charities.

“Both staff and students look forward to getting involved each year. It is very rewarding to know BTC has raised more than £3100 which will benefit the wider local community. Like, staff, every student is encouraged to participate in RAG, which helps them flourish both academically and personally and I am proud to have supported their development.”

For more information about fundraising and other community activities undertaken by BTC students, please visit or come along to one of our January open events to meet our Lifestyle team.

Somerset County Gazette:
Land-based students ran a goat yoga session

Somerset County Gazette:
Many staff and students wore fancy dress, including staff at the Childcare Centre

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Foundation Learning students were among those selling Christmas gifts at the craft fair