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Students raise more than £17K for good causes

Dozens of students from the University of Wolverhampton have raised more than £17,000 for good causes in the city as well as further afield.

Lecturer Elizabeth Heyworth-Thomas

More than 30 groups of students from the faculty of social sciences joined forces to organise events and activities for six charities.

A total of £17,406.62 was raised for The Haven Wolverhampton, Blood Bikes Staffordshire and South Shropshire, St Anthony’s – Leonard Cheshire, Promise Dreams, Compton Hospice and Acorns Children’s Hospice.

The students planned, marketed and organised events over a six-week period to raise the funds.

The events included a live music night, bag packing, cake and sweet sales, motorcycle ride-outs and a movie night.

The students also held an exhibition at the university’s Lord Swraj Paul building to showcase their achievements.

A prize donated by Richard Hilton, managing director of Fabweld Steel Products, was awarded to the team which raised the most money, and a prize was also awarded to the most creative fundraising innovation which saw a three-year fundraising strategy being agreed between the charity and businesses including TATA Steel.

Dr Liz Heyworth-Thomas, lecturer in marketing and enterprise, said: “Yet again we have had another fantastic year on the entrepreneurial creativity and innovation module, not only raising a staggering amount in just six weeks, but also the skills our students have demonstrated on this module and the awareness the students have raised for the charities involved.

"We appreciate all the support that local communities have shown us, including businesses which have kindly donated items and venue use to raise funds for charity.”

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