After hosting the Weybridge Festival Launch Dinner in the summer, we were delighted to hand over proceeds of the event to local charity Elmbridge CAN, who aim to build a culture of welcome to refugees within the local community. Returning to Brooks Restaurant, Jeannie Tweedie, Co-Director of the charity was delighted to accept £1,339.83 presented by Jamie Chantry, the catering manager, Henry a student who helped on the night and Zahra Waters from Cala Homes, who sponsored the event.
Jeannie said “We are very grateful to the staff and students of Brooklands college for their generous support of our work here at Elmbridge CAN. Thank you for helping us to welcome people who are displaced by war and persecution, and support them as they integrate and become fully part of our amazing local community. As a very small local charity we rely on donations such as this. Thank you”
The Organising committee for the Weybridge Festival, including Cllr Judy Sarsby and Dave Arnold, Chairman of the Weybridge Society, worked closely with the College to highlight the talents of the students and promote to the wider community. As well as hosting the launch event, media students filmed at the festival to create a promotional video and art & design students sold items they had made.
Christine Ricketts, Principal of the College, said “Our community is essential to the vibrancy of the College and it was great to be involved in such a high-profile community event. It was an excellent opportunity to showcase our fantastic Brooks Restaurant and for students to learn and to develop their work readiness skills.
Brooks Restaurant is open to the public on a Wednesday evening for dinner and holds special themed evenings during the year visit www.brooklands.ac.uk/restaurant to book your place.
In the Photo: Cameron Flynn – Catering Assistant, Zahra Waters – Cala Homes, Cllr Judy Sarsby, Jeannie Tweedie – Elmbridge CAN, Jamie Chantry, Christine Ricketts, Henry, Dave Arnold