Trafford College’s Level 3 Spa students put their training into practice for a worthwhile cause recently by providing free massages at the London Marathon.
This year marked the 10th anniversary of the College’s support for the marathon and its runners, and students joined the team from Macmillan Cancer Care, who raised a staggering £2million in fundraising at the event. Although in the background, the students’ contribution was invaluable and between them they managed to massage 350 of the courageous runners, with the support of London Physiotherapy students.
Rob Bason, Head of Fundraising for the cause, contacted the College directly to express his thanks. He commented, “Trafford College are the only college students in the country invited to this event and they are always a credit to Lisa Radcliffe and the College.”
Lisa, a Beauty Therapy tutor with the College, has worked voluntarily at the marathon for the past 15 years with various charities, changing every 5 years or so when approached by different organisations. This year she organised the charity group for Macmillan and selected nine students to attend with her.
She commented, “Our talented students are given an amazing opportunity to work at an incredible event, providing much needed massage therapy to hundreds of runners. It’s an experience they wouldn’t get anywhere else and I’m so proud of their efforts.”
Mature Level 3 spa student, Emma Gibson, added, “I am so privileged to be given this opportunity to work for Macmillan and help runners at the London Marathon. It was such a humbling, emotional experience and one l will never forget. I’m so grateful to my tutor Lisa for this opportunity.”