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Business students raise over £23K for Sheffield charities

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A circus-themed ball, murder mystery evenings and a vintage and vinyl night market were just some of the events staged by Sheffield Hallam University students to raise thousands of pounds for city charities.

For the seventh year in a row final year events management students studying at Sheffield Business School (SBS) put their classroom skills and knowledge to the test while doing good for the community.

The students organised around 30 fundraising events which netted over £23,250. That was shared between Cavendish Cancer Care and The Children's Hospital Charity.

The events took place earlier this year - culminating in an awards ceremony to recognise the best ones which included balls, outdoor and sporting events.

In the last few years, Hallam students have funded a family room in the new wing of the Children's Hospital and this year's donations will help to pay for new entertainment systems for young patients.

Jonny Cole from Cavendish Cancer Care's fundraising team said this year the students had raised enough money to pay for the service's building costs for six months.

He said: "We don’t need a minibus or a scanner; it’s about giving cancer patients the care they deserve in a safe place.   

"I’m really excited to say the students have covered the cost of providing that safe place and keeping a roof over our heads for the next six months."

Jane Tattersall, senior lecturer and course leader for events management at SHU, said: "The events just keep on getting better and better. I have been really impressed and moved by the professionalism and creativity of all our students. They work so hard to design and deliver events that reach diverse audiences, to showcase their skills and raise the profiles and funds of our chosen charities." 

She added: "It is such a pleasure to see their journey from students to events professionals."

Professor Kevin Kerrigan, pro-vice chancellor at Sheffield Business School said: "It is really fantastic to see our students not only excelling on their course but using the skills and knowledge they have gained at the university to give something back to the community and benefit those who are most in need."

Lucy Davies, community fundraising assistant at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Funds raised by the student groups will make a huge difference to patients and their families at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Patients can sometimes be in hospital for months at a time, having the patient entertainment systems will enable us to provide distraction for them at what can be a really difficult time. We can’t thank the groups enough for everything they have done and Sheffield Hallam for their continued support.”

For press information: Polly Mosley in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 3224 or email