Donation makes college snap happy

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Donation makes college snap happy

06 October 2014

Bracknell & Wokingham College were recently presented with a cheque for £4800 by local councillors to purchase photographic equipment for students on our 14-16 programme. On this programme youngsters from the local area spend one day a week at college studying vocational courses including photography, hairdressing, motor vehicle and others.

The donation of £2400 each by the councillors from the Priestwood & Garth ward, Alvin Finch and Kirsten Miller, comes as part of the Members’ Initiative Fund. Under this scheme each of Bracknell Forest’s 42 ward councillors has been allocated £10,000 to spend on local initiatives as part of the 2013/14 Bracknell Forest Council budget.

Councillor Alvin Finch decided to make a donation after he was invited to the college Achiever Awards ceremony:

“On attending a celebration of achievement for students that went the extra mile despite their personal circumstances I was impressed by the number who excelled in photography, several of whom came from the immediate area. I decided then that this was something to be encouraged.

I am sure that this equipment will enable other students to better enjoy photography and allied subjects, and enable others to excel; especially given the quality of the tuition.”

 

Councillor Kirsten Miller was also pleased to be able to support the college and its role within the local community:

“The college is an important part of our local community; they hold the futures of the next generation and help to shape and grow the children and young adults in our town.  By supporting the college I hope that the young people of our town will benefit and find a fun way to learn about photography, leading them on the path to a lifelong enjoyment of the arts.”

Tracy Wilhelmy, Photography course manager, was delighted with the donation and highlighted the positive impact it will have on the students:

“The donation is really welcome to the photography department as this will enable us to transform the 14-16 programme with new cameras and photographic equipment.  In addition, we will be able to equip the darkroom at Wick Hill thus allowing a new generation to print their own black and white images.”

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