A CATERING student who went above and beyond to help local youngsters has been shortlisted at this year’s Young Champions Awards.

Barnsley College’s Alfie Paton organised a fundraising lunch at the college’s Open Kitchen back in March to support the Exodus Project - a charity close to his heart.

The fundraiser saw college staff treated to a buffet provided by the restaurant and a quiz designed by Alfie himself, with questions focusing on his personal interests including Doctor Who, music, films and of course food.

Over the course of the lunch, Alfie raised £100 for the charity.

He said: “I am extremely grateful that the event raised £100.

“I’ve wanted to raise money for the Exodus Project for a long time, to give something back to them, as I used to go to their clubs, and they provided me with amazing opportunities.

“With the help of the student union and my catering course tutors, I was able to find a time over lunch where I could use the Open Kitchen to host the event and provide food and entertainment to more than 20 staff members.”

Entertainment was also provided by two musical theatre students, who provided the audience with live music throughout the event.

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Sasha Foyster, learner voice adviser within student services, assisted Alfie with getting staff to the event.

She added: “Alfie has shown leadership, creativity and passion in organising this impactful event it’s been great to see the result and that all his hard work organising the event has paid off.”