Students from Sheffield Hallam University are set to raise thousands for local charities through a series of events which begin in March 2019

Over the last seven years, events management students have raised over £200,000 for local charities.

This is made possible through a final year live event management 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 11th and run until 12th April.

Last year, £25,000 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; The Children’s Hospital Charity; Cavendish Cancer Care; Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice; Weston Park Cancer Hospital: Roundabout Sheffield and Museums Sheffield.

Caitlin Hallatt, Community Fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Each year students on the events management module fundraise for several charities and this year we were really lucky to be one of the chosen charities again.

“Over the years the students involved have raised tens of thousands of pounds for the hospital and this has funded a brand-new bedroom in the new wing, which means that Sheffield Hallam events students will have their own bedroom named after them in one of the new wards at the hospital.

“This year they’re fundraising for Patient Entertainment Systems, for the hospital beds on the wards. They’re brand new systems and cost £3,000 each and we need one for each bed, so it’s a lot to raise but hopefully through the student groups we can raise enough to fund several of these, which would be great.

“Last year the money raised funded our Giggle Doctors, who visit the hospital and interact with patients, make the patients laugh and cheer them up when they might be feeling quite low. So this year we’ve again chosen something tangible for the students to focus on and aim towards which will make a real difference at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.”

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 support the whole family to live their best possible life, during cancer treatment and after, by helping each family member to cope and provide therapy packages to alleviate the effects of cancer and its treatment.

“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.”

Jenny Bailey, a final year international events management student in 2018, said: “We raise money up front to spend on our events and all of the funds raised through the event go to the charities. Bag packing has been a very popular way to fundraise for the events; some people have done street collections, and other fundraising activities.

All of the events upcoming are amazing and of such variety, I’m really looking forward to them

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

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