Christmas Cheer To Swell Charity Coffers

In Apprenticeships, In the Press, News, School Leavers, University Level, on the 7th, December 2015

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Star Academy Students help raise money for Star Giving charities.

Festive fun was the topic of the day when Darlington College teamed up with Star Radio to launch a Christmas video to swell the coffers of local charities.

From today (Monday, Dec 7, 2015) visitors to the Star Radio website, http://www.starradionortheast.co.uk, will be able to download the ‘Winter Wonderland’ single for £1 and all the proceeds will go to the Star Giving Fund.

The video, starring students and staff from Darlington College & Star Radio, was planned, filmed and edited in just two weeks in time for its launch today.

Star Academy student Abi Leighton led the entire project with the help of fellow students and media tutors.

The Media Centre’s TV studio was transformed with Christmas decorations and would-be video stars gathered with Performing Arts students to film the video in just one day. Proceeds from radio fans will be used to support individuals, families and community groups in County Durham, Darlington and North Yorkshire.

Abi, who has only been studying at the college for three months, said: “The whole project was great fun and many departments joined in to make this charity video a success.

“Star asked for our help to raise money for the Star Giving and we came up with the song and cajoled students & staff to appear. It brought lots of people together who don’t usually have chance to mix and there was a great team spirit.”

Darlington College Principal Kate Roe and Star Radio Managing Director John Clayton led by example and can both be seen in the video. Students from Performing Arts wore their up-coming Pantomime costumes and were joined by students and staff from many departments in the college ranging from hairdressing to construction.

“It was a fantastic project, good fun to do and hopefully people will download it from our website and help the most vulnerable in the area,” said John.

Media tutor Steve Wade, who directed the video, said: “This was a huge team effort by students and I would like to thank everyone for helping to raise money for charity.”

The video was produced by Abi Leighton; choreographed by tutor Mattie Campbell; filmed by Btec media students Connor Pattinson, Danny Kane & Antony Whitaker; lighting by Vanessa Wong; vision mixers were Alicia Laing, Adam King & Lewis Beardwell; interviews by Connah Muckley & Robert Mooney; photography by Abby Mullen, Katherine Hazelton, Courtney Butcher, Brogan Hurst and McKenna Curbeson.

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