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Students Support #1LastSmile4Kasabian Campaign

Updated: 09/12/2016

Sheffield College students are supporting a national fundraising and social media campaign to raise money for a terminally ill Sheffield boy.

Students Support #1LastSmile4Kasabian Campaign

Pictured: Sheffield College staff and students are supporting the #1LastSmile4Kasabian campaign

Around 20 decorating, brickwork, painting and signwork students have joined forces to organise a ‘beat the goalie’ challenge.

The money is being raised for Sheffield youngster Kasabian Newton-Smith, aged 8, who has two inoperable brain tumours. The fundraising challenge is running until December 15th and is based in the construction workshops at the College’s City campus on Granville Road.

The money is being raised for Sheffield youngster Kasabian Newton-Smith, aged 8, who has two inoperable brain tumours. The fundraising challenge is running until December 15th and is based in the construction workshops at the College’s City campus on Granville Road.

College staff and students are being invited to kick a football through a bullseye on a feature wall built by brickwork students. Each competitor gets five shots for £1. The competition is open to staff and students on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday lunchtimes from 12:15 to 1pm in the construction workshops.

Luke D'Arcy, Brickwork Lecturer, The Sheffield College, said: "After reading about Kasabian, students were very touched by his plight and decided they wanted to raise money for him and his family. They were already in the process of building a feature wall to raise money for local charities next year. The project was rushed forward."

He explained: "Students have used six tonnes of ballast, which had to be dug out by hand in front of the wall to make way for some paving. The wall and paving were finished within a week because of students’ dedication and hard work. They even came in on their days off."

Brickwork student Sam Horsfield, age 17, added: "I was happy to come in and help do something that will raise money for Kasabian. It is tragic that he has cancer and giving my time is the least that I can do."

Kasabian’s plight has captured the attention of football stars and the local community - with players and fundraisers pointing to the sky to signify one last smile for Kasabian - after Grassroots Football launched a social media campaign #1LastSmile4Kasabian. For more information, visit http://www.sheffieldfa.com/news/2016/nov/point-to-the-sky-for-one-last-smile-for-kasabian

Heather Smith, Principal, The Sheffield College, added: "This is a tremendous effort by our talented brickwork students for a worthy cause. I am very proud of their commitment and dedication, as well as the standard of their craft. It is students such as these who make The Sheffield College such a great place."

For details about the fundraising campaign, visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ben-harris-shaw