L3 BTEC Business students, along with lecturer Richard Silcox, proudly show off the cheques they will be delivering to their chosen charities

Second year L3 BTEC Business students from Stratford-upon-Avon College have been working tirelessly to raise money for charity. Working in teams of 5 or 6, the students ran a variety of fundraising events across Warwickshire to raise a total of £1377.08.

The fundraising activities formed part of the students’ course and were designed to develop their teamwork and event management skills. After choosing a charity themselves, each group worked to plan, market and run a stand-alone event. Four charities were chosen: Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Macmillan, Barnardos and Children in Need. Events run included raffles with live music performed by the College’s own Musical Theatre and Music students as well as quizzes and a primary school fete.

Tom Hall, 17, from Broadway helped raise £501.48 for Spinal Muscular Atrophy and is rightfully proud of his group’s achievement. “We’ve been working non-stop on the project since September. It’s been really good. We had to apply everything we learnt at College from last year. It’s been challenging but everyone worked well together and met their objectives.”

Bradley Empson, 17, from Wellesbourne raised £398.16 for Children in Need. He is quick to point out the benefits of working on a project that benefits the local area. “It was difficult at times but everyone learnt to come together in this project. We were always able to keep motivated because we knew we were giving something back to the community and using our skills for a good cause.”

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