Charity benefits from students’ business sense

STUDENTS at Priestley College have shown they have a head for business by raising £310 for charity.

As part of their courses, BTEC and A-Level Business students were tasked with a unit on event management and chose to put their time to a good cause.

They presented a cheque to St Rocco’s Hospice after the events, which included various competitions, an auction and cake stall.

“We chose St Rocco’s because we wanted to support a local charity,” said Lewis Thorpe, a former pupil at King’s Leadership Academy.

“I went to the hospice to get their approval for holding an event on their behalf and they donated a hamper to get us started.”

The students’ endeavours were supported by businesses in Stockton Heath including Sainsbury, M&S and M Jay’s to name just a few.

Many donated raffle and tombola prizes and the highest value items were auctioned in a secret email bidding war.

Darcey Burbridge, formerly of Culcheth High, helped oversee the logistical challenges faced with running the event.

She allocated tasks to team members and helped make sure the fair was advertised around Priestley College.

“One of the biggest things we learned was the importance of organisation and how to manage a team,” she said.