Four members of staff from Derby College's Little Explorers Nursery at the Broomfield Hall campus in Morley are in training for a 92 mile bike ride next month to raise money for specialist hospital equipment and support at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre.
Nursery Manager Kate Cox and colleagues Melissa Bryon, Heather Boddice and Rowan Moore are part of Team Lion Hart – alongside parents Roger Hart, a former Derby College employee and his wife Alice, a former student at the College. They will be joined by Su Wall another former employee of Derby College and family friend Emma Strange.
Team Lion Hart will set off from the Queen's Medical Centre at 6am on June 17 and are aiming to complete the 92 mile cycle ride by 6pm that evening.
The Long Eaton couple's youngest son Lucas was born on May 5th 2015, three months prematurely weighing only 1000 grammes.
He remains on oxygen 24/7 due to chronic lung disease and has spent the past year in and out of hospital with several physical and neurological complications due to his several prematurity.
His older sister Madeline (4) attends Little Explorers Nursery and Kate Cox explained that the staff there were keen to support the family on their bid to raise £3,000 for the hospital's neonatal ward and for OPUS Music who play music regularly to the children.
Animal Care learners at Derby College's Broomfield Hall are preparing to release three hedgehogs back into the wild (Tuesday April 25) having spent the winter looking after them.
The three hedgehogs, which learners have named Frosty, Autumn and Fall, were all found locally last Autumn and were too small and under-nourished to hibernate.
Students on a range of vocational courses at Derby College have joined forces to raise nearly £400 for Derby Kids Camp, which provides holidays and activities for local children.
Business, Hair, Media and Make Up and Catering and Hospitality students at the Roundhouse collaborated to organise a fashion show at the Engine Shed restaurant.
The evening was organised by the Business Studies team as part of their course. It included a pre-fashion show buffet prepared and served by the Catering and Hospital students, a raffle and then the main event which showcased fashion, make-up and hair trends from the 1900s onwards – into the future.
Styles ranged from the roaring twenties through to the futuristic styles that may be adopted over the coming decades.
Business Studies Lecturer Andrea Hickman said: "The evening was a huge success and raised a good amount of money for a very worthwhile cause."
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Derby College works with a wide range of local businesses to launch Employer Academies - designed to bridge the gap between education and employment. One of these businesses is HUUB, a company who specialise in traithlon wetsuits and apparel.
A new club for budding youngsters and adults looking to enter their first triathlon has been launched in Derby. The HUUB Academy is the brainchild of Dean Jackson the owner of triathlon wetsuit and kit company HUUB Design and long-established triathlon coach Hilary Johnson – the mother and coach of elite triathlete twins Tom and David Bishop.
An established family business in Derbyshire has launched an Employer Academy with Derby College as part of its bid to recruit several new apprentices in the coming years. The Ward Business Employer Academy is the latest addition to the Derby College programme to bridge the gap between education and the workplace and to better prepare students for the world of work.
Derby-based film and television writer, director and producer Gurmit Samra returned to Derby College's Joseph Wright Centre to inspire the next generation of industry professionals to follow their dreams. Mr Samra was a lecturer at the College for seven years before pursuing his career in film and television full time.
An award-winning Derbyshire playwright, who teaches Creative Writing at Derby College, is returning to the London stage with a new play exploring the broken lives of five prison inmates. Tina Jay from West Hallam has adapted two of her previous short plays 'Walking' - which won the Kenneth Branagh Award for drama writing - and 'Dog City' to create 'Held'.
A wide range of organisations from across the county exhibited at a series of events for students at Derby College campuses to promote health and wellbeing. The events were organised by the Derby College Students' Union at the Roundhouse, Broomfield Hall and Ilkeston campuses.
Twenty four pupils from six local schools competed in three different construction skills challenges organised by staff and students at Derby College. Pupils from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Ashbourne; John Flamsteed Community School, Denby; The Ecclesbourne School in Duffield, Merrill Academy in Alvaston; Murray Park Community School in Mickleover and Allestree Woodlands competed in Brickwork, Painting and Decorating and Plastering challenges.
Derby College is bringing together leading women who work in the construction industry for an event to inspire students to follow their lead. The event will be held at the Roundhouse on Wednesday March 8 which is International Women's Day and part of National Apprenticeship Week.
A wide range of local businesses joined an event organised by Derby College to reiterate to students the importance of English and maths in the workplace.
Employers ranging from hairdressing to construction organised practical activities at the event at the Roundhouse to highlight how their staff use English and maths in their jobs.
Staff from Derby College and a group of local young people have reached the finals of the Prince's Trust annual Celebrate Success awards which will be presented at the London Palladium on March 15 and hosted by television presenters Ant and Dec.
The team, who were based at the College's Ilkeston campus for their 12-week Prince's Trust programme last year, won the regional finals for their community work to support SV2 in Derby which provides counselling and support for victims of sexual violence. They are now in line for the national Team Award.