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Our students all dressed up for the Spooky Welly WalkOur students gained valuable work experience, volunteering at the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation Spooky Welly Walk at Sherdley Park, which saw over 3,000 people attend and £25,000 raised for charity.

Visitors at the Spooky Welly Walk had the opportunity to get involved in a range of activities, from posing in the pumpkin patch and the gruesome graveyard to making friends with owls in the animal area and digging for prizes in in the ‘yucky dip’ oozing with vampire’s blood, witches’ worms and Frankenstein’s slime.

During the day, our FdA Theatre and Performance students terrified audiences with a spooky performance in the storytelling space, cloaked as scary characters created by students themselves.

Ian Greenall, Theatre and Performance Curriculum Leader at St Helens College, said, “It was such a fantastic event to be involved in and gave the students the opportunity to demonstrate their performance skills and experience working as a team on a live event.”

Hairdressing and beauty students had 45 minutes to create each spooky transformation, giving them the chance to demonstrate their makeup techniques and experience working under pressure within a short time frame.

Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Children and Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) students guided children and parents around the activities including pitching in at the Yucky Dip and Terrifying Tattoos activity stations and supporting events staff at the registration desk.

Rachel Summerskill, Childcare Tutor at St Helens College and spooky storyteller at the event, said, “It was a fantastic event for children of all ages and parents to be involved in and it was great to see so many of our students give up their Saturday to help fundraise for such an important cause. We all had a great time.”

Students currently studying level 1 Introductory Diploma in Art and Design and Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design, created giant witch puppets and letterforms, spooky peek boards and laser-cut bats, witches and skull silhouette decorations.

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation has invested many millions of pounds into research into the early detection of lung cancer, played a major role in the introduction of the ban on smoking in public places and has supported thousands of people living with lung cancer.

Students at St Helens College regularly undertake work experience as part of their course to develop valuable employability skills to help prepare them for the world of work.

Spooky Welly Walk 2016