Generous hospitality students donate hundreds of pounds worth of tips to York foodbanks

Photograph: Edward Moss Photography
26 Apr 2020 @ 2.36 pm
| Education

Hospitality students at York College have donated their tips to support city foodbanks during the coronavirus pandemic.

The tips, generously donated by diners in the college’s training restaurant Ashfields, are usually shared amongst students at the end of the academic year.  

This year however, Ashfields was forced to close its doors early, due to the crisis. 

Many students from across the hospitality division have chosen not to take their tips, but instead have donated them to the FEfoodbank fundraising campaign set up by York College to support people in the local area. 

The students’ kind and generous gestures have amounted to £1,220 being contributed to the foodbanks, which means the York College FE Foodbank fundraising campaign is ever-closer to its £4,000 target – with £3,578 raised so far.

‘Proud of our students’

York College. Photograph: Edward Moss

Sol Keeling-Pocklington, a Level 3 Patisserie student, has been cooking in Ashfields as part of his studies for the last three years.

He said: “When I was offered the tips I wanted to donate them to the foodbank campaign, to help people who need access to food at this time – they  need the money more than I do.”

Karen Horsman, deputy head of curriculum for business, hospitality and travel at York College said: “We are so proud of all of our students past and present, they constantly  amaze us with their commitment, attitude and professionalism.” 

Anyone able to donate to the FE Foodbank Fundraising campaign can visit the Just Giving page here.