Draw in mem­ory of Michele

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

STAFF at an Ash­ford col­lege were de­lighted that their de­ci­sion to do some­thing pos­i­tive in mem­ory of a col­league who died from can­cer in Septem­ber 2009 was so suc­cess­ful. Michele Ash­ton worked at South Kent Col­lege’s Ash­ford Learn­ing Cen­tre. Se­nior learn­ing ad­viser Katie But­ler said: “We de­cided to have The Big Raf­fle and my tar­get was to sell 100 tick­ets and have about 10 prizes.” But sup­port from staff and stu­dents was so good she ended up sell­ing 1,500 tick­ets for the 133 do­nated prizes that in­cluded chocolate and sweets, DVDs, books, jew­ellery, cud­dly toys and groom­ing prod­ucts. There were so many prizes it took al­most two hours to com­plete the draw. The or­gan­is­ers are giv­ing the money to the char­ity Odyssey, which en­hances the lives of peo­ple with can­cer through out­door ac­tiv­i­ties. Katie said: “Michele was lucky enough to at­tend an event or­gan­ised by them and re­ceived a great deal of sup­port, gain­ing a real in­ner strength and pos­i­tive at­ti­tude that stayed with her through­out her sub­se­quent treat­ments.” Bar­clays bank’s “pound for pound” scheme dou­bled the ini­tial amount raised to £1,150.

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