Published on March 25, 2022

Our Level 2 Public Services students have teamed up with the Jack Fleckney Foundation as part of their unit 13 Volunteering project! 

Jack Fleckney is a former Royal Marine Commando, ex-rugby player, and a world-record-holding adventurer, who started his foundation to fund projects around the world which support disadvantaged children and young people. Jack had previously visited NHC as a guest speaker to talk about his charity and the extreme challenges he takes part in to raise money. As his talk made such a big impression on our students, Public Services tutor Emma Ball reached out to Jack to ask if there was a way that NHC students could collaborate with his charity – to which he said yes!

The Foundation’s newest fundraising project is with a team called Cobra, based in a small village in Zimbabwe. Cobra have been training villagers to prevent poaching and help protect the white rhinos in the area, which is where the Jack Fleckney Foundation comes in. The Foundation’s, and our students’, fundraising goal is simple: to raise enough money to pay for 3 months’ wages for the entire village and support their anti-poaching work, and to train up more teenagers to eventually join the Cobra team. 

To help out with the project, our Level 2 Public Services students have worked in groups to design fundraising ideas and events which they then presented to a Dragon’s Den board of judges made up of Jack Fleckney, Jon Drown (Director of Northampton Saints Rugby Club), and Kit Davies (Principal of North Hertfordshire College). 

Ollie Kemp, one of NHC’s Level 2 Public Services students, said of the experience: “It was so nerve-wracking delivering our ideas to the dragons, but I really enjoyed the experience and they were so positive about our ideas.” 

The students did a great job in their presentations, impressing not only our dragons but also their tutors. Joe O’Dea, Public Services tutor at NHC, said of the presentations: “I am really proud of the students; it took a lot of courage to deliver a presentation to a panel of externals and they absolutely smashed it!” Now, our students will work together to bring the idea to life and to start raising money for this worthy cause. 

Reflecting on the experience of the collaboration so far, Jack Fleckney commented: “I have been so impressed with the attitude of the students and the brilliant ideas they have come up with, I can’t wait to be part of the final event.” 

If you would like to donate towards the Cobra project, funds are currently being collected on GoFundMe. Keep an eye on North Hertfordshire College’s Twitter and Facebook profiles to stay up to date on how the project goes!