HSDC Graphics students are helping to spread some Christmas spirit for everyone this year with their Christmas card designs for charity.
The A Level group are creating Portsmouth-themed festive cards to be sold at Home Coffee in both the Southsea and Cosham branches, with the proceeds going towards registered charity Good Company.
The Good Company is raising money so that the lonely or homeless have a place to go on Christmas Day, where they can eat and drink for free and enjoy a little Portsmouth Christmas spirit thanks to the students’ card designs.
Graphics student Bradley Westbrook: “We are trying to create these Christmas cards with the focus being on the community and getting some of the key features of Portsmouth in them.
“I’ve been looking at pictures of the football stadium and the Spinnaker Tower to get inspiration.
“Once I have my six rough designs done I’ll get them on the computer.
“The lonely and homeless in Portsmouth is definitely a worthwhile cause to be making them for.”
Another student Jessica Smith explained how she was looking ay pictures of HMS Warrior and planned to turn the outline of the ship into a Christmas tree.
She added: “I think this is a brilliant idea to get everybody involved in helping this cause.”
Lucy Brdbury said: “I am focusing on the Christmas theme and making it festive and joyful whilst getting the Portsmouth theme into my designs.
“I think it is important to raise money and awareness for the homeless because they need help. By selling these festive cards hopefully we can help some people living on the streets enjoy Christmas.”
Lecturer Paul Parsons said how ‘impressed’ he is with how quickly the students are working, with the plan being to get the cards in the shops by next Wednesday (6 December).
He added: “I think it is important to give back to the lonely and homeless. These students are a really impressive group and I know they will work well under the time pressures.
“I suggested giving it a Portsmouth flavour to make it stand out and relate to the community.
“This is a great project, that can really help so many people in Portsmouth, but it also gives my students the chance to work on a live project and understand real world print deadlines. My students are very passionate and proud of our city. They really wanted to help with this project through being creative and design these cards that can help give people a meal Christmas Day.”
Dylan Godwin, A Level Graphics student said: “The experience of being able to engage and be involved a project that I am not only passionate about but one that is actually going out to the public, especially seeing as we are only three months into the course was amazing. Fingers crossed that we can raise a huge amount of money to benefit the homeless and lonely this Christmas, and make there time a little brighter!”
The cards will also be on sale in reception at both the Havant and South Downs Campuses.
For more information on Good Company, click here.
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