The community past and present has been honoured, thanks to the pioneering work of Huddersfield students.

Pupils at the town’s New College in New Hey Road put on two special events on the campus to celebrate raising over £6,000 for charities and to commemorate the First World War.

A Christmas fayre turned the sports hall into a winter wonderland, thanks to the work of the college’s health and social care students.

They decided to organise the festive event to boost the amounts they have already raised so far this year in memory of Emmerdale toddler star Harry Whittaker for the Brackenhall-based Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Tragic toddler Harry Whittaker with mum Katie who is running the London Marathon in 2015 in memory of her son.
 

A Santa’s grotto, live carol singers, stalls, a cake shop and a chocolate factory went down a treat with staff and students alike.

It marked a successful six years of fundraising for charities, which has seen students raise over £6,000.

Health and social care teacher, Samantha Wilkinson, said: “This is now the fifth annual charity event held by the students of the health and social care department and the amount raised so far has been phenomenal.

“Their continuing efforts for charity demonstrate our students’ determination to raise money for local causes.”

All present were then treated to a second stunt, which was devised by the college’s sports’ department, to remember the soldiers from opposing sides who are thought to have come together to play football matches in a temporary truce in the trenches on Christmas Day in 1914.

Two teams of students picked up their boots to stage the chilly memorial match, and were joined by students from Lindley Juniors and Salendine Nook High School.

They were also invited to see a special video screening as well as hear history talks on the significance of the Great War event and the festive period, in which soldiers also mingled and swapped gifts.