Challenge accepted! Students raise £194 for Farleigh Hospice

Creative Arts students from our Braintree Campus were pleased to present Farleigh Hospice with a cheque for £194 for funds raised in the £50 Challenge earlier on this year. The Hospice runs this challenge each year, where they provide 75, £50 notes to companies and organisations – with the aim to turn it into as much money for the charity as possible.

Students thought of some creative and ‘out of the box’ ideas to raise money for the cause, where Level 2 Art students even decided to take clothes out of the box and onto the fashion rails with their Fashion Swap Shop, held for both students and staff to exchange and buy unworn and forgotten about clothes. Level 3 Photography students also got involved with the project and held a pop-up photo-booth at the End of Year show, taking photos and selling the prints.

Shannah Oliver, 18, Fashion and Textiles student was heavily involved in the fundraising. She was also presented with an award for her involvement with the project. She comments:

“We wanted to raise money in a way that related to the modules we were studying at College, so we all decided to create a vintage clothes swap and sale. We found this particularly rewarding as not only were we raising money for Farleigh Hospice, we were also reducing the amount of waste going into landfill sites and the amount of resources that we use in manufacturing of new products by making good of old clothes. I really enjoy doing charity work and it was excellent to do something good, which also helped us develop our project management skills.”

Debbie De Boltz, Fundraising Manager at Farleigh Hospice comments about the College’s involvement with the £50 Challenge:

“Due to the generosity of sponsor Birkett Long we had 40 groups this year taking part in our £50 challenge. Together they turned their £50 notes into over £20,000 which will run Farleigh Hospice in both Chelmsford and Maldon and all our complete range of community services throughout the whole of Mid-Essex completely for 2 1/2 days – a fantastic achievement. We are particularly delighted that two groups of students from The College at Braintree gave their time so willingly and successfully to help their local hospice and we look forward to working with the students next year on a new project involving up-scaling donated items that can’t be sold as they are.”

Suzi Potts, Head of Braintree Arts at the College at Braintree comments:

“The brief gave students the opportunity to begin to develop the skills necessary to start up a business as a creative practitioner. Starting a business is exciting but it is also challenging, and requires the application of a wide range of personal and business skills, including team working, leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, time management, and a lateral thinking problem solving attitude.

I was very impressed with how the students managed each event and the thought they put into using their own creative flair to deliver these enterprise events. The pop-up events were open to the public and proved highly successful, as students almost doubled their initial capital.”