College gets a helping hand

The West Brom provides volunteer support and a £2,000 donation to help students at Queen Alexandra College.

The West Brom helps students at Queen Alexandra College.

Green-fingered volunteers from the West Brom have helped plant the seeds for a successful future at a Birmingham college specialising in educating young people with disabilities.

The project took place at Queen Alexandra College, based on Court Oak Road in Harborne.

The college’s gardens, Umberslade Nurseries, have been the main focus of the volunteering, with West Brom’s staff from branches and head office sprucing them up ready for use by 220 students, all aged between 16 and 25.

Additional assistance has been provided towards building of an outdoor gym, while the building society has also donated £2,000 to help with developing music tuition at the college.

Sarah Caldwell, Fundraising and Grants Manager at the college, said: “All our students have some form of physical or learning disability and the time and money the West Brom has kindly donated will make a huge difference to them.

“Our music sessions are always hugely popular and the money will enable us to further build our collection of musical instruments which give the students so much joy.

“The Umberslade Nurseries are a real focal point for the college as it allows our students and other community groups the chance to experience and work on an outstanding outdoor environment.

“The overall package of support we have received from the West Brom has been a massive help.”

The donation was made through the Mercian Community Trust, a partnership between the West Brom and the Diocese of Lichfield to support community groups and charitable causes.

Jacob Greet, Manager of the West Brom’s Harborne branch, and participant in the volunteering sessions, said: “It has been a real pleasure to help out the Queen Alexandra College with a number of their projects over the past few months.

“The service they provide to the local community is second to none and it has been very enjoyable to learn about how they help such a wide range of people.”

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