We were joined by supporters, students, Art Makers and staff at College last week to celebrate the launch of our new Media and IT Centre.
Distinguished soprano Denise Leigh, who sang at the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, wowed everyone with an impromptu performance. The Kaiser Chiefs’ Simon Rix and Henshaws ambassadors Coronation Street’s Paula Lane, alongside her fiancé and fellow actor, Tom Shaw, also attended the event to show their support for Henshaws.
Paula said: “Denise is an inspiration to Henshaws students – we are so pleased that she was able to join us in supporting the launch of the new centre. Her performance was mesmerising and truly fitting for the day.”
The new facilities include a state of the art IT suite, two recording studios and a print centre; providing more opportunities for students to take part in vocational training.
Nicki Eyre, Managing Director for Education and Training said: “We are very pleased to open the new Media and IT Centre and incredibly grateful to all of our supporters. The new facilities will provide excellent educational and vocational opportunities for our students to help them as they plan for their future.
“In addition, we are opening up the IT suite, print centre and recording studios for community groups to hire, allowing more local people to benefit from this superb facility. Whether it’s through learning to record music and edit podcasts, producing professionally printed products or using the fully accessible IT suite, we hope the Centre will become a real hub for technology in the local community.”
The project has been made possible thanks to the generosity of Henshaws’ supporters, including trusts, businesses, individuals and students. The largest donation came from the Audrey and Stanley Burton Charitable Settlement, which was represented on the day by Jeremy Burton DL who announced the Centre officially open.
Jeremy Burton, a trustee of the Audrey and Stanley Burton Charitable Trust which has supported the construction of the Media and IT Centre, said: “The trust is delighted to have made this project possible in memory of the late Audrey Burton who was a great fan of everything Henshaws has achieved in Harrogate and Knaresborough. Having seen the exciting work going on in Media and IT at College, the Trust saw an opportunity for an immediate improvement by building the new centre.”
For more information about the Centre or to enquire about bookings, please contact our College reception team on 01423 886451.