Students from Sheffield Hallam University are set to raise thousands for local charities through a series of events which begin in March 2020

Over the last eight years, events management students have raised over £250,000 for local charities.

Last year, £38,500 was raised in total through a series of successful fundraiser events. This year, the students have set their aims high again, and are looking to beat last year’s impressive total. All the proceeds are being donated to Sheffield based charities this year

Cavendish Cancer Care,

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice,

Weston Park Cancer Hospital

This is made possible through a final year Live Event Experience module, which challenges students to plan and deliver a charity event of their choice, with all profits being donated to a local charity.

This year will once again see a vibrant collection of fundraising events, which get underway March 9th and run until 18th April 2020. Please check our Events page for details, tickets or to support the events through donating prizes or funds.

Gail Parkin, Sheffield community fundraiser at Bluebell Wood Hospice, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to both Sheffield Hallam University and the event management students for all their hard work. The students have come up with some really original ideas, they have so much potential and I’m really looking forward to attending as many events as possible. We are so appreciative of all the effort they have put in, it’s clear they want to raise as much as possible for the charities”.

The events are now the highlight of the academic year and it is the icing on the cake for our students to showcase the professional skills and knowledge that they have developed throughout their degree. Most people would assume that that the events are organised by industry professionals, not students, because the standards and the funds raised are often are so high. Audiences get really involved and the variety of events is reflection of the ambitions and career aspirations of our students.

We would like to thank the generosity of Sheffield businesses who are very supportive by offering sponsorship or donating fantastic raffle prizes to help raise even more money, and we appreciate the relationships we build in this way. Our students really love being able to contribute to these amazing charities, and the course team are immensely proud of everything they achieve.

Professor Kevin Kerrigan, Sheffield Hallam University’s 2019 pro vice-chancellor for enterprise and Sheffield Business School, says: “It’s absolutely fantastic to see the creativity and imagination our students have shown in coming up with these fabulous fundraising events. This is a great example of the real life learning experiences we offer our students at Sheffield Hallam University. Not only are the students applying what they’ve learnt in their academic studies to real life situations, they are raising money for a host of good causes and contributing in a positive way to the local community. I look forward to hearing the grand fundraising total and wish everyone taking part the very best of luck.”

Jonny Cole, from the fundraising team at Cavendish Cancer Care, added: “Cavendish Cancer Care is incredibly grateful to be a partner charity of the Events Management course, working for many years collaboratively with students undertaking the live event module. The money raised by the students provides time and space for cancer patients and their carers to talk about their experiences of in a safe environment without fear of causing upset to other family members. We are always impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment shown by the students and each years fundraising total always surpasses the last meaning we can continue to offer our services on a free of charge basis.”

For more information about this year’s fundraising events and to book your ticket, please visit: http://platformprojects.net/

Pictured L-R: Emily Austin and Jenny Bailey, international events management students, and Caitlin Hallatt, community fundraiser at The Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity

For press information: Contact Jo Beattie in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2811 or email j.beattie@shu.ac.uk