When you donate to Derwen College you support our students on their journey to a more independent life.
Derwen College has provided specialist education and care for people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities for over 90 years.
Fundraising enables us to provide students with opportunities to enhance their learning and independence skills, and reach their full potential:
Derwen College enjoys fantastic partnerships with local businesses who provide valuable work placements for our students. Vehicles are vital in getting students to their work placements. Your support means we can fill-up, service and repair our vehicles when needed. Getting our students to work is a priority.
Specialist tools and equipment
Many of our students have multiple disabilities that make everyday tasks difficult. Your donation enables us to purchase specialist tools and equipment to enhance students’ independence skills.
Providing experiences for students
Derwen College can provide students with experiences and opportunities that build confidence and broaden horizons. Students embark on Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards; take part in competitions; explore new places and discover new hobbies. Thanks to your support students have the opportunity to take part in exciting life experiences.
Student accommodation is an important part of college life – many students who study at Derwen College live here too. Your donation allows us to upgrade and adapt accommodation to suit the specific needs of our students. By providing home comfort accommodation students can maximise their opportunity to learn independence and life skills.
A Bright Future
Derwen College is unique. We provide work-place training for students in our busy Garden Centre, Garden Café, The Orangery Restaurant and Karten Print Shop. We fundraise to ensure our business outlets are appealing to customers, industry standard, and serve as appropriate learning facilities for students.
Donate to our 2019 Fundraising activities
Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon
Team Derwen conquered Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon on Sunday, 8th September.
Team Derwen comprised of 10 staff and friends along with former student Adam Ffoulkes-Fenner who travelled all the way from Croydon to complete the 13.1 mile race. Adam, who completed his time at the specialist college in July, ran the race in a brilliant time of 1 hour 49 minutes, despite having never run anywhere near this distance in the past. He was accompanied on the challenge by Derwen College Sports Co-ordinator Steve Evans.
Another former student George Raffle, a member of Altrincham and District Athletics Club, completed the course in 1 hour and 43 minutes.
For the rest of the team, it was more about completing the course than for records set. The entire team ran, jogged, limped and walked the course around the picturesque mid Wales lake, with everyone making it to the finish line in more or less one piece.
Horticulture teacher Paul Moss returned from injury to finish with a great time and Senior Safeguarding Manager Paul Bradshaw was delighted to complete his first ever half marathon. Other Team Derwen participants were Ffi Lewis, Liv Evans, Eluned Watson, Steve Evans, Sarah Bennett, Siobhan Williams, Erin Fletcher and Rosie Keaney.
If anyone would like to support Team Derwen’s fundraising then please go to http://bit.ly/LakeVyrnwyHalf
Paddle for Derwen
Staff and apprentices from SBC Training in Shrewsbury recently celebrated raising £1,600.00 for Derwen College. They held a successful ‘Paddle for Derwen’ charity day on the Shropshire Union Canal at Queens Head. They tackled a series of endurance challenges, tested themselves against time trials and even had a canoe tug-of-war.
Pictured l-r: Chris Gough, CGR Business Solutions Ltd; Heather Noble, Salt Solutions; Kelly Mansell, ABC HR Consultancy Ltd: Debbie Hughes-Beddoes, Darwin Wealth Management; Jo White, Aico and Colin Thaw, SBC Training.
Donate to Mack’s Challenge
In July staff and students successfully completed a cycle challenge around Lake Vyrnwy. The challenge, led by college student Mackenzie Beeson saw students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) take on the full distance of 14 miles.
Mack and his friend Joe Simpson cycled the lake in adapted bikes and their fellow cyclists used traditional mountain bikes. Derwen’s Sports Co-ordinator Steve Evans cycled the distance on an adapted bike to highlight how tough the challenge was for students with disabilities.
Mack and friends have raised just under £1500, but are hoping for more donations now they have completed the challenge.
For more information about Mack’s Challenge and to pledge your support please go to:
Sponsored Walk and Fun Run
Our biggest fundraiser of the year – Derwen College Sponsored Walk and Fun Run – took place on 31st March 2019. It was another fabulous event with a huge amount of support from students, families and the community. Thank you to everyone involved. Sponsorship money is still coming in and we’ll update you when we have a final figure. To read all about how the day went, please click here.
Annual Summer Fete
On Thursday 30th May we had another large event taking place – the annual Summer Fete! It was a great success, with fabulous support from the community, staff, students and their families. Read more about it here.
Upcoming fundraising activities
As we head towards 2020, we have the Sponsored Walk and Fete to look forward to. Keep up to date with other fundraising activities here or on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.
1 – Donate directly to Derwen through our Virgin Money Giving account.
2 – Get involved with some fundraising! We are currently looking for anyone who is interested in volunteering at community events to please get in touch.
3 – Come to one of our events. We have many events taking place throughout the year.
Share your fundraising fun at #derwendays.
Thank you to everyone who supported fundraising in 2018. Your support enabled us to build
a new hydro-therapy pool.