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Business Students Help to Raise Thousands for Local Good Causes

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Seven local good causes have benefited to the tune of over £7,000 after University of Worcester students put their skills to the test.

This is the second year in which the Worcester Business School has offered its fundraising Business Challenge module, which is designed to give first year undergraduate and HND students the experience of managing group projects with multiple stakeholders and real outcomes.

Nearly 200 students elected to take the module this year, and since November, they have been working on live projects in order to raise money for local organisations.

At an event at the University’s Riverside building earlier this month, it was announced that £7,052.10 had been raised.

Acorns Children’s Hospice, Age UK, Fort Royal Community Primary School, Funny Blood, Worcester Snoezelen, St Richard’s Hospice and Worcestershire Animal Rescue Shelter all benefited from a range of events and projects all organised and delivered by the students.

Holly Andrews, Senior Lecturer and Module Leader, explains: “The idea behind the module is to get students to put their business skills into practice in order to benefit local good causes, both through raising money and increasing awareness.

“The projects this year have included a Valentine Comedy Gala; ‘Seven Challenges’, where students took on seven different challenges across seven weeks; an online auction; a virtual balloon race and producing a marketing video.

“All aspects of these projects, such as finances, organisation and marketing, were taken on by the students, and we are delighted that they have managed to raise such a significant sum of money as well as building their skills and knowledge.”

Among the students involved was Beatrice Botezatu, who is in the first year of her International Business Management course.

She said: “This module offered me the opportunity to learn how to work within a team while helping a good cause. It is an interesting way of learning, as we have the chance to put everything we learn in our lectures into practice immediately.

“By working with our charity, Fort Royal Primary School, I met incredible people who inspired me greatly, as I got to see their devotion to their work.”