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Students tap into talent for charity

STUDENTS have tapped into their talents to raise over £1100 for a local hospice by performing an annual holiday camp style cabaret.

The second year travel and tourism students performed at the cabaret held at NorthShore student union in Sunderland on Thursday, May 08 and presented a cheque for £1155.10 to St Benedict’s Hospice this week.

The cabaret, called ‘Lights, Camera, Glitz and Glamour, is now in its fifth year and is organised by the students with the help of lecturer, Kelly Mounsey.

She said: “The cabaret is always a highlight of the academic year and I’m so pleased that this years’ was a real success, raising over £1100 for such a fantastic cause.

“Since Christmas the students have worked extremely hard to put on a professional performance for the public to enjoy and they should be really proud of themselves.

“Being second year students many of them will soon be leaving the college to go onto university or to find jobs within the travel and tourism industry. I wish them every success in the future.”

Over 250 people attended the annual event which is part of the student’s coursework and goes towards their final grade.  Over the past five years, travel and tourism students at the college have raised over £3500 for local charities, including RNLI, Hope for Kidz, the British Legion and the stroke ward at Sunderland Royal hospital.  NorthShore have donated the venue for free every year and this year Hays Faraway donated a £100 holiday voucher.

St Benedict’s Hospice has provided specialist palliative care to the people of Sunderland and surrounding districts since 1984.  Care is provided by the NHS as part of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and is also supported by St. Benedict’s Hospice charity.

Sylvia Stoneham, fundraiser at St Benedict’s Hospice, said: “I’m so pleased the cabaret was such a success, the students hard work has certainly paid off and I was delighted to receive the donation on behalf of the hospice.

“It’s heartening to know that the students choose local causes to benefit from their efforts and this donation will help us to support our patients and their families through difficult times and beyond”.

Student, Chloe Dorothy, 18 from Whitburn, said: “The cabaret was a challenge but working together with all my classmates was really rewarding and when I realised how much we had raised, I was really proud.  It’s been a really positive experience.”

For more information SunderlandCollege, visit www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk, call 0191 511 6000 or email info@sunderlandcollege.ac.uk.



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