Students raise hundreds for Willow Wood

Students raise hundreds for Willow Wood

Tameside College level three business studies students raised £541.79 for the Ashton charity, Willow Wood Hospice. The money was raised for Willow Wood Hospice, which provides specialist palliative care to those suffering with life-threatening illness. Chris Crabtree, Willow Wood Hospice Lottery Manager accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity.

Students planned, organised and ran several events to raise money for the charity. The task was part of their level three business course and aimed to develop team work skills and required them to set and achieve objectives. It helped the students gain valuable experience of working with others in a team situation, which according to the CBI is a much needed employability skill.

A number of innovative ideas were used to raise the money. The students decided upon: guess the number of sweets; guess the name of the teddy; control the lift; backwards day (which involved students coming to college wearing their clothes backwards for one day) baking cakes to sell; photo booth; and penalty shoot-out. The students also arranged to have a stall on Ashton Market selling cakes and deserts.

Planning, organising and running the fundraising events was not only educational for the students but it was also fun. Business studies student Jordan Pearce said; “I’ve learnt that anything is possible if you just put your mind to it and work as a team.”

Trudy Melvin, Business studies tutor said; “The fundraising events were an outstanding success and the students should be really proud of what they achieved and the money they raised.”