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UCLan students raise thousands for Barnardo’s

15 May 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Enterprising events generate charity funds

Event management students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have raised thousands of pounds for Barnardo’s by organising a series of enterprising events.

For the fifth year in a row undergraduate second year students from the Event Management and Sports Event Management programmes worked in groups to organise, promote and implement a range of events to raise funds for children’s charity Barnardo’s.

This year they collectively raised £3,142.57 and Melissa Eastwood from the Barnardo’s Moving On project, which works with young people who are homeless or in housing need, visited the University to accept a cheque.

“The Barnardo’s Moving On project works with over 600 young people each year. The students have done well to raise such a large amount and have been great ambassadors for the charity.”

Melissa said: “The Barnardo’s Moving On project works with over 600 young people each year and this money will allow us to provide essential items to those who need them. The students have done well to raise such a large amount and have been great ambassadors for the charity.”

Events included a British themed night ‘Keep Calm and Love Britain’, a murder mystery evening ‘Nightmare at the Museum’ and an army experience day at Fulwood Barracks.

Event Management student 19-year-old Robyn Snape was part of the ‘Keep Calm and Love Britain’ team. She commented: “It’s fantastic to raise such a large amount of money for charity and at the same time apply the skills we have learnt to run a successful event.”

“All of the students have organised successful events from start to finish in a professional manner. The challenges they faced along the way will prepare them for the ones they will have to deal with when working in industry after they graduate."

UCLan’s students have supported Barnardo’s for several years and the fundraising module allows them to put theory into practice to develop key employability skills.

Module leader Rod Train said: “All of the students have organised successful events from start to finish in a professional manner. The challenges they faced along the way will prepare them for the ones they will have to deal with when working in industry after they graduate. I am really proud of what they have achieved.”