Draw in memory of Michele
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.