A charity event that took place Thursday, 8 June within IKEA, Dale End Birmingham raised £1,693 for the local charity, ‘Help Harry Help Others’. Shoppers were able to bid at auction for a variety of customized home furnishings and furniture created by fashion students from South and City College Birmingham.
The items on auction were part of the exhibition, ‘Art on the High Street’, which was located in The Square Shopping Centre, allowed fashion students to not only demonstrate their course skills, but also gave an opportunity to work with the iconic household brand IKEA.
Dawn Lloyd, Unit Manager for IKEA Order & Collection Point commented, “We’re are absolutely delighted to have been able to sponsor the college with products for the students curriculum work and were over the moon to then be able to offer them for auction, all in aid of ‘Help Harry Help Others’.
The auction evening that was open to the public saw a bidding war for a variety of items; an IKEA sofa embroidered by hand sold for nearly £400 and a simple set of customsied chair cushions reaching £50.
Eileen Simons, Assistant Faculty Head for the college said, “As a college we always look to offer our students support within their chosen industry, providing them with experience in and out of the classroom. This project has been an excellent opportunity for our students to showcase their skills and gain real life experience and we are proud of their work and commitment they have shown during this time. The support we have had from IKEA and the Square Shopping Centre has been amazing and we’re really pleased we’ve been involved in this initiative.
The money raised will help fund the local Cancer Charity efforts to further work towards a cure for Brain Cancer but also in helping children and their families who are affected by any cancer, and the people who support them.
Around 1,550 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK, a quarter of them with brain tumors. The charity’s mission is to find a cure, but until then they want to make a difference wherever they can.
Cushman & Wakefield General Manager of The Square Shopping Centre, Mark Dixon, said “Help Harry Help Others is an amazing local charity and we’re delighted that we were able to give our shoppers a chance to not only exhibit the work created by the college, but also own a piece for such a worthy cause.”
Georgie Moseley, Founder of Help Harry Help Others, “It’s an honour to accept a cheque for £1,693 which was raised through an event created by students. Whilst primarily we are a local Cancer Charity, we also inspire young people through Harry’s story and it was lovely to have children and young adults there who chose to support Harry.”
To find out more about the charity and how you can help raise money for HHHO, visit: http://www.hhho.org.uk/