This week’s blog from the students is from our Sixth Form Tycoon in Schools group, Corkin’, who are currently top of the national leader board. They have recently realised that it is not all about profit…
On 29th November the Corkin’ team went for a day’s crafting session at our chosen charity, Trinity Hospice in Blackpool. Trinity Hospice offers a place for people to go for palliative care, focusing not on a cure, but on improving the quality of life for the patient and their family, because the stress of caring for a loved one with a terminal illness can be a heavy load indeed. Michelle Lonocan, Head of Fundraising for Trinity, explained to us how the service requires £7 million a year to run, with little help from the government. She ensured us that although our contribution may not seem like a lot, every little helps to make a huge difference to their patients comfort and overall well-being.
The mood in the minibus on the way there was one of nervous anticipation, not knowing what to expect when we arrived. It dawned on us that the people we were meeting were seriously ill and may be in a very difficult place mentally as well as physically. We quickly realised that the day therapy unit at which our session took place, was one of joy and escape from any fear of what the future may hold for them. Upon arrival we were greeted by a very friendly team of volunteers who quickly put our anxieties at ease with their upbeat manner.
We set up our crafting space and were soon joined by many excited patients who were ready and eager to help make our products and become members of the Corkin’ production team. Some patients got stuck in, taking part in different elements of the manufacturing process making our reindeers, snowflakes and Christmas trees, whilst others just enjoyed watching us on the production line and having a friendly chat over orange squash and biscuits. However, making the products wasn’t the main objective of the day. Our main aim was to understand where the money we are raising through our profits was going and the positive impact it will have on these peoples’ lives, as well as bringing some fun and enjoyment to what could potentially be another typical gloomy or lonely day.
When the time to depart quickly came around, none of us really wanted to leave. We had truly loved our day and became genuinely attached to the people we had all been working with and met. Many of the patients also shared the same sadness that we had to leave and wanted to buy some of the products they had assisted us in making over the course of the day. However we felt so humbled and astonished by their attitudes, despite their circumstances, that it was our pleasure to be able to give them our products free of charge as a thank you, as well as an early Christmas present from us. I think I speak for every member of the Corkin’ team when I say the highlight of the day was seeing the patients smiling faces as we left, as it showed that we had truly brought some happiness just in us being there and sharing lots of stories and memories with them.
Jason – Year 12 (Corkin’)