Sector stumps up £11k for charity at conference auction

More than £11,000 was raised for the Helena Kennedy Foundation at the FE Week annual charity auction.

The great and the good from the world of FE were at Birmingham’s Hyatt Hotel on day one of the Association of Colleges (AoC) conference for a three-course meal, raffle and entertainment from college performers.

A 130-strong guest list also saw items auctioned including a private helicopter flight, which sold for £625, and an aerobic flying session that raised £800.

Martin Doel, AoC chief executive, was presented with an ambassador’s bowl by foundation chair Lady Kennedy. Former FE Week editor Nick Linford, now editor of Academies Week, received the honour last year.

Baroness Kennedy said: “The FE sector is truly where my heart is and it is wonderful that everyone pulled together to raise £11,000.”

The evening, sponsored by Tribal and NCFE, provided a brief respite from producing the AoC conference edition of the newspaper from a room on the 22nd floor of the Hyatt Hotel.

From left: Sue Rimmer, principal, South Thames College, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC presenting AoC chief executive Martin Doel with the ambassadorÕs award, David Grailey chief executive, NCFE, Gary Williams, Director of FE & HE Services, Tribal, Nick Linford former editor, FE Week, Shane Mann managing director, Lsect (publisher of FE Week), Christopher Henwood (right), FE Week editor and partner Jo Hamilton,


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