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Walk to College campaign wins £250 of TfL funding

A campaign by College students to win £250 of Transport for London money to encourage young people to walk to College was highly acclaimed by a judging panel.

The students – Elton Hove, Charles Innes, Ridima Thapa, Jack Luggar, Alice Sellar, Dolapo Olumoko, Ke'Sean Murrain and Mary Manu - pitched their idea at a Youth Travel Ambassadors contest at Myplace Youth and Community Centre in Harold Hill, to a panel which included representatives from Havering Council, TfL and the Met Police.

Their campaign was to try to increase the number of students walking to Havering Sixth Form College from Upminster Bridge Station and from Hornchurch town centre, rather than taking the bus.

The panel were so impressed with the campaign and the students’ presentation that they awarded the group the full £250 of funding available.

Elton Hove, who lead the campaign, said: “The buses become very crowded and noisy and you feel squashed on the lower deck, so we thought trying to encourage students to walk the short distance from the town or from the station would improve their well-being by getting them to make healthier lifestyle choices.

“It would also free up space on the buses at peak times for the local community which would make their journey better.”

Elton said the team will be standing at bus stops, talking to students about the benefits of walking. Those who took up the challenge would be rewarded with a cereal bar and a bottle of water once at College.

Ian Budge, Associate Principal for Learner Resource, Culture and Behaviour, said: “The campaign was very well put together by the students and it was pitched confidently in front of the audience. The judges commended the project for being innovative and community-minded and they were very complimentary about the students’ professional presentation skills.”