STUDENTS at Shipley College took to the stage to give presentations about their work with a range of local charities.

The Shipley Gives event highlighted five charities which students have supported. The judging panel was Lord Mayor of Bradford Cllr Gerry Barker; Philip Kitson, Partnership and Engagement Officer at Stronger Community Team, Bradford for Everyone; Florence Smith-Drayson, AOC Youth Social Action Mentor and Youth Social Action Co-ordinator at Leeds City College; Steph Tinsley, Shipley College Governor; and Sacha Jones, Sales Director at ACS. Shipley College Principal Diana Bird praised the students’ commitment to their chosen charities.

* The winning presentation was by Level 1 Childcare students, who supported children’s cancer charity the Give a Duck Foundation. The charity provides Chemo Ducks, which help children prepare for treatment.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Childcare students, whose presentation was the winner at the Shipley Gives finalChildcare students, whose presentation was the winner at the Shipley Gives final (Image: Newsquest)

Students Jennifer Naylor, Neveah Panther Watkins, Lucy Gradwell, Safa Moghul and Megan Snell introduced three-year-old Freya Dixon to the stage. Freya, whose mum Amy works at the college, has a rare blood disorder and takes her Chemo Duck to hospital. As the students explained how the toys help children feel in control of their treatment, Freya demonstrated her Chemo Duck. The students made a TikTok video and raised £155 from a bun sale - which will buy six Ducks.

The other presentations were:

* Level 2 Art: Trans Leeds. Finn Chadwick, Lily Keville and Winifred Lammas designed badges, a logo and leaflets for an awareness-raising display and contributed ideas to Shipley Pride.

* TLevel Health: Amnesty International. Riha Razaq, Keira Gillin, Aoife Middleton, Abby Andrews, Natalia Raczek and Tava Hogg collected signatures for a Gaza/Israel ceasefire petition and held a fundraising bake sale for the charity.

* Pathways E3: The Cellar Trust. Mercedes McCormack and Zoe Baker raised £183 from a scone sale and spoke about the charity’s mental health work.

* L3 Y1 Music: Bradford Hate Crime Alliance. Gideon Simpson and Taylor Vesely held a concert at Saltaire’s Caroline Street Social Club, with a set list of songs relevant to hate crime. The students, who also held a bake sale and tombola, plan more concerts.

* L3 Art Y1: Dogs Trust Leeds. Isabel Stuart-Raddon talked about the charity helping owners as well as dogs. The students went to Dogs Trust Leeds and made a video and raised £151 from a bake sale, handmade bracelets and dog ornaments.

* L3 Business Y1: Invictus. Mason Greer and Elise Cook talked about the charity’s mental health support work for five to 25-year-olds. They made leaflets and raised £70 from a bake sale, towards training volunteers.

The Lord Mayor congratulated all the students, adding: “A lot of work and thought has gone into your presentations.”