Public Services students climb to the top

21st January 2021

Barnsley College Public Services students walked 8,848 metres up and down the College steps, equivalent to climbing Mount Everest, to raise £1,729 for the Barnsley Hospital Charity COVID-19 appeal.

In December, the students embarked on a range of events, including, raffles, karaoke, quizzes, 5k run, 10k walk and climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest in the process.

Students decided that they would raise money for Barnsley Hospital due to the tremendous work that staff at the hospital are doing. Although this is one of the most difficult periods that the NHS has ever faced, the hospital staff have been working extremely hard over the past 10 months during the COVID-19 crisis.

Ezra Winterbottom, a Level 3 Public Services student, said: “The charity week was very enjoyable, it put a fun twist on doing a fundraiser. In my opinion, the donation was very well received and any kind of input always helps! Especially in these times, it was amazing to see that people could still come together to do something good for the community and it taught me that no matter what the circumstances, everybody can contribute and make a change.”

Laura Wood, Public Services Course Leader at Barnsley College, added: “It is imperative in such a challenging and struggling time that we, as a community, come together to support each other in times of crisis. Never before have we faced such a crisis that has affected every aspect of our lives, however, together we will overcome this situation and sooner rather than later we can get back to some normality in our community.

“Furthermore, we would like to give a special thanks, to the local businesses and organisations that supported our charity week offering raffle prizes, including Honeywell Sports Village, Starbucks at Rockingham Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday Football Club and Sandersons Boutique Store.”

For more information about our Public Services courses visit or email Alternatively, attend the Barnsley College and Barnsley Sixth Form College Virtual Open Event on Thursday 21 January from 4.00pm to 7.00pm to find out about the range of courses on offer and to apply for a place, by visiting:

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