Business students from Stratford-upon-Avon College have been making good use of their knowledge and expertise to raise money for charity. Working in small teams, the students ran various fundraising events throughout Warwickshire and raised the magnificent sum of £1637.67.
These activities, which will be treated as part of the students’ Level 3 BTEC Business course, were designed to develop their team-working and event management skills. Each team was responsible for selecting a particular charity – with the four chosen being: Young Epilepsy UK, Cancer Research UK, M.I.N.D. and Rays of Sunshine – and they then worked tirelessly to plan, advertise and run their event.
Charlie Glynn, 20, from Warwick, raised £630 for Cancer Research UK. “To know that we raised the money for a charity that’s so close to us all is amazing, and to be able to do it as part of our College work is absolutely fantastic. Because the cause is personal to us, we felt everyone would have more invested in our event and so we’d work that much harder.
“We hosted a charity ball with live music at The View in Stratford. We had 130 guests turn up on the night. We arranged the live music ourselves and The View offered the use of their premises free of charge which was very good of them.”
Charlie explained the challenges faced by the students throughout the project. “When organising the event, we had to form a strong, cohesive group. We had to use our negotiation skills and convince organisations of the benefits of working with us, since we had no budget to spend! All the groups worked largely independently, so we learnt a huge amount as we progressed with the project, while at the same time helping our favourite charities.”