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Sit-in at the Riverside Stadium

Students at Prior Pursglove College and Stockton Sixth Form College have worked together to raise money for the Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation.

The group of 20 students spent just over three hours sitting in every seat in the Riverside Stadium – all 34,990 of them!

The challenge was organised by Prior Pursglove College’s Events Team – a dedicated group of students whose aim is to assist in the organisation and running of fun and often charitable events for all students at the college. The Events Team chose MFC Foundation as their ‘Charity of the Year’ and have been raising money throughout the year with cake stalls, raffles and an Easter tombola. Every student taking part has raised a minimum of £20.

This is the first opportunity for students at both colleges to work together as they will officially merge on 1st May to become Prior Pursglove and Stockton Sixth Form College.

MFC Foundation works across the Tees Valley providing activities for young people and adults in sport, education and health providing safe, positive environments to help raise aspirations of individuals.

Samantha Brudenell, from Middlesbrough said:“Once we realised what MFC Foundation did we wanted to help them because it felt close to home with lots of us living in Middlesbrough and made us realise that they could help people like us, who just maybe are in need of a little extra help.”

“As a team, we are all committed to raising as much money as possible.”

Matthew Ball, from Carlin How, added: “As a college we wanted to contribute to the local area and thought that MFC Foundation was an excellent charity to be involved with. We were all excited to take up the challenge and glad to be able raise money for a worthy cause.”

Andrea Booth, School Liaison and Events Officer said: “I’m so proud of the Events Team, it’s fantastic to see a group of young people giving up their time and coming up with different fundraising ideas. It’s also been a pleasure to work with MFC Foundation and we have appreciated their support throughout the organisation of this event.”

Principal Joanna Bailey said: “I am delighted that students on both sites of the merged college have committed to supporting the excellent work of the MFC Foundation.  The vision behind the merger is to secure the college’s viability for the longer term in order to even further enhance the opportunities available to young people in our area.  This is a fantastic example of what the students on both sites can achieve by working together – the first of many I am sure.”