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Uniformed Public Services students at Derby College have raised £500 to support the national forced marriage and ‘honour’ based abuse helpline Karma Nirvana.
The students, based at Broomfield Hall in Morley, organised and took part in a half marathon recently – collecting sponsorship for the charity.
Karma Nirvana Chief Executive Jasvinder Sanghera, who lives in Derby, returned to the College recently to receive the cheque having previously talked to students about the issue as part of their course.
She met with Uniformed Public Services lecturer Jon Agyeman who said: “When Jasvinder came in to talk to the students about forced marriages and honour based violence, it really pushed the students to do something to support the charity and its work.
“Most of our students progress onto the uniformed public services from the Army to the Police so raising their awareness of issues such as this is an important part of their course.”
Mrs Sanghera added: “The money raised will help us reach us so many more people who call the helpline and we are grateful for the continued support from Derby College.”
Derby College is also the first further education college in the UK to work with Karma Nirvana – training support staff and raising awareness across the student population on the issues of forced marriage and ‘honour’ based abuse.