8 Jubilant Care First students braved the freezing cold, driving rain and wicked winds to raise £600 for Rotary

Excited to receive their ‘Thank You’ certificates from Tamworth’s Rotary president, Claire Turner-Marshall, were 8 Care First students. They’d braved all that our ever changing British weather could throw at them to raise money for Tamworth Rotary who in turn helps many good causes across the town.

Rotary approached Care First’s Tamworth hub to see if we would work with them to raise money with the promise of giving 50% of the sum we raised back to help our students, who themselves learn differently and need extra support.

The students jumped at the chance and kitted out with high visibility vests, warm waterproof clothes and gloves they arrived bright, breezy and excited at Tamworth’s Morrison’s and boy did they put in a hard days shift raising a very credible £600.

Our students bought so much cheer they were invited, a very special privilege, into the staff canteen for lunch, Rotary have asked if we’ll work with them again – the students answer a resounding yes!

It’s all part of our ethos to encourage adults with learning difficulties/disabilities, mental health, autism and challenging behaviour that they can achieve many things, be an important part of their community and they have a valuable contribution to make.

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Many of the 40 bird boxes the students built in the autumn, then donated to the wildlife trust and helped put then up in the woods around Tamworth now have finches, tits and robins exploring them. Fingers crossed they’ll nest in them and successfully breed. The students are watching, learning and getting excited that their efforts will again help the environment they live in.