Students helped create a wave of kindness across Chester by donning their oven gloves to bake cakes for people living in some of the city’s homeless hostels.
The student volunteers spent the morning baking the cakes, before heading out in the afternoon to distribute them in hostels linked with the charity, Chester Aid to the Homeless (CATH).
The day was organised as part of CSV Make a Difference Day, the UK’s biggest annual day of volunteering, which this year aimed to encourage random acts of kindness across the country.
The University is a long-term supporter of CATH, with students regularly taking part in the charity’s annual sleep-out and contributing to the charity in other ways.
Claire Britton, the University’s Volunteer Co-ordinator, said: “It’s easy to take for granted the treats we have each day, but for many people a cake really is a treat they rarely enjoy.
“We hope that our students made a difference by offering support and food to those who need it. We certainly had fun and enjoyed meeting people along the way.”
Robert Bisset, Chief Executive of CATH, added: “Activities like this give people a sense of belonging in the community, as they realise that there are people out there who are really thinking about them.”
The University is part of the Cheshire vInvolved Team, which also includes Youth Federation, Volunteer Centre Chester, and Congleton and District Volunteer Centre. The team is supported by funding from v, the youth volunteering charity, as part of its £75 million National Youth Volunteering Programme, which aims to inspire 500,000 young people aged 16 to 25 to get positively involved.