Southport’s Colleges sponsor Galloway’s ‘Colour Blast’ 5k run (Sunday 9th July)

Southport College and KGV have been announced as the main event sponsors for this year’s Southport Colour Blast.

The event partnership builds on existing links between the further education organisations and the town’s local sight loss charity, Galloway’s Society for the Blind.

Anna Eddowes-Scott, Fundraiser for Galloway’s and Colour Blast organiser, commented: “Last year, we were overwhelmed with the response from the local community to our first ever Southport Colour Blast and we are delighted to announce that Southport College and King George V College have now come on board as our main event sponsors for 2017.

“Their support of the Colour Blast will allow us to grow this year’s event and help us to raise even more money, which can then be put to good use in supporting blind and partially sighted people within the local community.

“The Colour Blast is a great way for local organisations, such as Southport College and King George V College, to not only raise their profile but to also show their commitment towards making Southport a better place to live, work and play for all!

“We still have a few corporate sponsorship opportunities left for this year’s event and would encourage local companies to get in touch with us to find out how they can get involved and show their support.”

Elizabeth Rushton, Head of Marketing for Southport College, said: “Both colleges are committed to supporting local and national charities and our staff and students are looking forward to getting involved with the event.”

Last year, 400 runners took part in the first ever Southport Colour Blast, raising £10,000 towards the vital services that Galloway’s Society for the Blind provide for those living with sight loss. Each year the Wright Street based charity must raise £1 million to help those affected by the devastation of sight loss.

For more information on the event and Galloway’s Society for the Blind click here.

To book your place at the run click here!

Southport art students help to transform Kings Gardens grot spot with vibrant colour

Art and Design students from Southport College have been busy transforming a run down walkway in King’s Gardens, Southport, into a masterpiece!

Chloe Cassim, Saskia Woollam-Rees, Issy Fisher and Amy McGarry spent two days working on the mural in Southport’s popular seafront gardens, a project arrang?ed with Sefton Council as part of the ongoing restoration of King’s Gardens.

Kelly Broughton, Curriculum Leader for Art and Design, said, “We were asked to paint the mural in an area that is known for being tagged with graffiti.

“We spent two days painting the mural and the feedback from the public has been extremely positive.

“Many stopped to talk to us and commented on how happy they were that something was being done with the area. A lot of the public popped back on the second day to see the progress and complemented the girls on their good work.”

As part of this ongoing community project, Southport College Art and Design students have also been showcasing their work in art boxes around the gardens, which were originally opened by King George V more than a century ago.

Southport college staff take on cycle challenge for Claire House

Staff members from a Southport college are currently cycling 1,300 miles to raise money for Claire House Children’s Hospice.

Brian Sheard and Paul Antonio are well on their way through their blistering journey from Southport College to Barcelona.

If all goes to plan the cycling mad duo will arrive in the sunny Spanish city by Friday (May 26).

Brian, a Director of Facilities Management at Southport College, said: “Following on from the 24 hour Southport to London Charity Cycle Challenge we did in 2016, we’re both going a step or two further this year!

“We hope to cycle the 1,300 mile route over 14 days with one rest day in the middle.

“The first three days and 300 miles incorporated a cycle from Southport, along the border with Wales to Bristol, then the final UK leg to Portsmouth where we caught an overnight ferry to St Malo in Northern France.

“The next four days consisted of around 100 miles per day of cycling through central France before reaching our first rest day in Chasseneuil sur Bonnierure, near Limoges.

“After a well earned day off, there are seven days comprising of an arduous cycle over the Pyrenees Mountains, past Andorra before eventually crossing the border into Northern Spain and entering Barcelona.”

The duo plan to cycle into the city on Friday, May 26 if all goes to plan.

Paul, Head of Information Services at the college, added: “The cycle is totally self-funded and self-supporting, and we carry all food, water, safety equipment and cycle spares needed for the trip.”

Southport College students take over community art boxes at Kings Gardens

Art and Design students at Southport College have been chosen to exhibit their artwork in Kings Gardens as part of an ongoing community project.

The students’ creative designs are being showcased in art boxes around the seafront gardens, which were originally opened by King George V more than a century ago.

Artwork currently on display includes designs by Level 3 Extended Diploma and Level 4 Foundation Diploma students and will be changed every few weeks.

Curriculum Leader of Art and Design, Kelly Broughton, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to get their work seen by the public.

“We are always keen to produce work that has an impact within our local environment and enhances the area for the local community.

“The Art Boxes were installed as part of the ongoing regeneration of Kings Gardens, a project which commenced in 2012 after the park was awarded more than £4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) through their Parks for People programme.”

A group of students from Southport College will also be painting a mural in Kings Gardens during April.