On 25th March, Colchester Sixth Form College Friends Not Foes group ran a fund-raising bake-sale for Ukraine. It was a huge success, raising £380 to send to the Disaster Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. The group has raised over £1200 in total so far, all through ribbon sales, a student piano concert and collection bags.

The bake-sale on Friday had a variety of bakes from different cultures, including (but not limited to) Baklava, Kolaczk, Oreo-chocolate Brownies and Tiramisu. Word quickly got out, and by lunchtime the stall was teeming with hungry students! The bakes were virtually all sold, and those left were enjoyed immensely by members of the after-school homework club run by Friends not Foes.

I had the chance to speak to Lily Wilson, one of the helpers at lunchtime. She says, “I think it’s important to support Ukraine and I’m just doing my bit”, which is reflective of most of the world right now. We’re all trying to play our part in supporting a country in need and student action is necessary. Another student, Alanur Macit, said that she loves “baking and it was great to be able to use this to help others, how indirectly it may have been”. And who doesn’t enjoy a good bake-sale?

The DEC is a registered charity with 15 leading aid charity members, all with ‘associated disaster relief capabilities such as providing clean water, humanitarian aid and medical care’. The UK government pledged to match every pound raised by the UK public through its Aid Match scheme – this has meant that up to the value of £20million, this support has doubled the impact of the public. All of the money raised by the student at the College is going to charity, as well as successful item donations.