College students spread some Christmas cheer by handing over presents to a women’s refuge.
Students from the Early Years programme at Hartlepool College of Further Education were given an educational talk by a team member at Hartlepool-based Harbour.
After hearing about the work the Harbour team do with vulnerable women, the students decided to start a collection of presents to hand out to people who are being helped by the charity.
For the last 40 years, Harbour has helped families from across the North East who have been living with domestic abuse.
The charity has a total of 56 units of refuge accommodation, offering 24-hour support and guidance to women and children.
After leaving the refuge, women are then given additional support to help them reintegrate back into the community.
Gail Arnold, the group tutor on the Early Years course, said: “Despite meeting assignment deadlines, applying for university and holding down part-time jobs, all of the students participated in this wonderful activity.
“I’m very proud of how kind and caring my students are.
““This is just another small part of the charity work completed by staff and students from the college throughout the year.”
Joanne Horner, from Harbour, visited the college to collect the presents on behalf of the charity.