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Baked with love

A Tarleton Mum has raised over ₤1600 for Cancer Research UK by holding a bake sale and coffee morning in support of her close friend who has recently been diagnosed with bile duct cancer.  The coffee morning organised by Rachel Ryding (34) of Gorse Lane, Tarleton was held at the Christian Fellowship Church, in October 2019, Hesketh Bank and had a constant stream of visitors throughout the morning. Rachel, who works at Sweeps Café at Sooty's Garden Centre, Tarleton decided to hold the coffee morning to raise funds and awareness in support of Cancer Research UK following the diagnosis of her close friend. Rachel said:- "I really enjoyed organising the coffee morning and it makes me feel so lucky that we live in such a loving community. The whole village comes together for something like this. I had a fantastic team helping me and I cannot thank them enough, I could not have done it on my own."

Jo Moss, Cancer Research UK's local fundraising manager for Lancashire, said:- "Rachel is an absolute inspiration and we can't thank her enough for her commitment to helping Cancer Research UK beat cancer. It looked like a wonderful event with some amazing cakes and creations that demonstrated a real sense of community. 1 in 2 people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970's and Cancer Research UK's work has been at the heart of that progress. However, we have only been able to achieve this thanks to the dedication and generosity of volunteers and supporters like Rachel without whom we would not be able to fund outstanding Scientists, Doctors and Nurses."

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Hugh Baird 14 to 16 College and the Hugh Baird University Centre collaborate to launch young scholars initiative

STUDENTS and staff at the Hugh Baird 14 to 16 College and the Hugh Baird University Centre launched a new initiative aimed at helping young people realise their full potential. The 'Hugh Baird University Centre Young Scholars' initiative will see students aged 14 to 16 benefit from mentoring and support from undergraduates studying at the College's University Centre. The aim of the scheme is to help raise aspirations within the College's youngest cohort of learners as well as providing development and coaching opportunities to undergraduates, studying at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Hugh Baird College are 1 of only a few colleges in the UK who offer 14 year old students the chance to leave School and attend College full time. Learners at the Hugh Baird 14 to 16 College, which was rated:- 'Good' at their last Ofsted inspection, study core GCSEs in subjects such as:- Maths, English and Science, alongside a career related vocational pathway. Additionally, learners can choose to study on the Prince's Trust Achieve Programme or complete The Duke of Edinburgh Award. Since the Hugh Baird 14 to 16 College opened, close to 550 students have moved onto higher level study programmes within the College. Andy Howard, Director of Curriculum at the Hugh Baird 14 to 16 College said:- "We are delighted to launch the Young Scholars scheme today. I believe it will help provide our students with clearer direction and focus and will raise their awareness of the educational opportunities they have on their doorstep at the Hugh Baird University Centre. I would like to thank the undergraduate mentors for taking part in this initiative and I hope they benefit from the scheme as much as I envisage our 14 to 16 College students will."

Earlier this month, a group of Hugh Baird 14 to 16 College students got the honour of being invited along to attend the Hugh Baird University Centre's 2019 Graduation Ceremony. Dan Morgan said:- "I am really happy to have been chosen to be part of the Young Scholars initiative and attending the Graduation Ceremony was really interesting too. I hope to one day become a Design Engineer in the Agricultural industry and this will mean I need a degree. Having a University Centre near where I live is really useful and will help me save on the cost of going to Unversity."

Colette Mawdsley, Dean of the Hugh Baird University Centre, added:- "The Hugh Baird University Centre Young Scholars initiative is a project we have been planning for some time, so it is fantastic to be able to launch the scheme today. It's a perfect opportunity for the Scholars to benefit from the experience and knowledge of our undergraduate mentors and also become familiar with our state of the art University Centre building. The College's vision and ethos is 1 of raising aspirations and supporting people of all ages from our local community to believe in themselves and achieve. One of the main drivers behind launching the 14 to 16 College was that students had the opportunity to continue their education to degree level and I hope the introduction of the Young Scholars initiative will make more students reach their full potential with us."

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