Borders College

Students Care about worthy cause

Care students at Borders College recently provided a £58.31 boost to a fundraising campaign aiming to raise £7,500 for Galashiels man Jai Sharkey.

Jai Sharkey

Jai suffered a hypoxic brain injury in 2014 which left him unable to communicate. The purchase of a Tobii Dynavox computer would help Jai to communicate by using eye movements to operate the computer.

Fundraising is a part of the National 5 Care (group A) Citizenship class, and following a presentation on ‘locked-in syndrome’ from a member of Jai’s family, the group voted to donate any funds raised to Jai’s charity as well as to an LGBT charity. The funds were the result of a pyjama day and bake sale, both organised and hosted by the students.

Course Tutor Julie Baxter said: "The students have gained a lot of transferable skills from the experience and we are now working on interview techniques and CV building, making use of the skills and experiences gained."

Jai’s brother Jay Sharkey (middle right) and niece Chelsea Middleton (far right), herself a former Borders College student, collected the cheque on behalf of the charity.

Published: Tue 16th May, 2017