South Essex College students hand out sweets to C2C commuters on Blue Monda

SOUTH Essex College students were out in force this morning cheering up commuters on the c2c train line for Blue Monday.

The Business students braved the cold weather to hand out sweets and chocolates on the platforms at Thorpe Bay, Southend Central, Benfleet, Pitsea, Basildon and Grays stations.

Blue Monday is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. Originally created by a holiday company, the science behind the modern tradition is an equation involving weather, lack of money and time since Christmas.

Amy Gates, 19 from Southminster, studies at the College’s Southend Campus on the Level 3 Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Peter Jones Academy course. She said: “It’s been chilly but we’re brightening everyone’s morning up! I was stationed at Southend Central, we gave out lots of chocolates to commuters and tried to make them smile while raising awareness of Blue Monday.”

Josie Aplin, the College’s Business Coordinator, organised the morning with the train company. She said: “It’s been a great success. The cold didn’t dampen our spirits and hopefully the commuters enjoyed their sweet treats.”

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