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Five days of fundraising for Sunderland students

Sunderland College students set out on a series of fundraising events to raise money for charities close to their heart.

The charitable students started their fundraising efforts this weekend with a family fun day at Seaham Leisure Centre and a dinner and disco at the Roker Hotel, to raise as much money as possible for cancer charities, as part of their course studies.

The fundraising kicked off with the fun day with a face painter, a visit from Mickey Mouse, reptile handling, cake sales and a raffle, prizes included tickets for Metro Arena Radio Live Show and salon vouchers, and continued on Sunday with dinner and dancing to raise over £1000 to donate to cancer charities including Cancer Research and McMillan appeal

Andrea Chalk, curriculum leader of business and law, said the business students were tasked with the organisation, planning and sales of tickets for the events.  She said: “Our students have organised all of the events as part of a group project.

They have put so much effort in not only because they are conscientious young people, but because many of the students have lost a family member to cancer.  They are really making a difference by raising money for such worthwhile causes and that’s something we’re really proud of.”

The students organised a raffle on the evening, with 10 prizes that were gifted by the hotel including table of 10 for a cabaret night, meals and cases of wine.  The party continued into the night as staff and students danced and donated in equal measure.

The learners, aged 16-18 have also organised sporting events including a football tournament at Goals football centre, based Bede Campus, and a Fifa tournament to support Meningitis UK and British Heart Foundation.

Amie Farquhar, 18, from Thorney Close, who organised the Dinner and Disco event with her fellow students, said she was so pleased the event proved to be so successful.

She said: “It was great to be part of the team tasked with the responsibility of organising an event like this.  It was hard work but definitely worthwhile when I saw how many people turned up to the evening.

“I was overwhelmed at how kind people were, we are all so grateful to be able to be part of a project that has helped to raise money for such a great cause.”

The final event, in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, includes activities at the college’s five campuses, with homemade cakes and savoury snacks on sale to help boost the total.

Sam Osmond, business studies lecturer, said: “The project skills up the students in many areas of business including event management, sales, organisation and promotion, as well as teaching them the importance of giving back and we’re glad to be able to support that.”

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