Sheffield’s first ever doggy café, a gin-tasting event and a Monopoly-themed gala dinner are just some of the exciting events being staged by Sheffield Hallam University students – and it’s all for charity.
Students from Sheffield Business School’s event management courses are set to raise thousands of pounds for local charities through a series of events which begin this week and run until April 12.
Over the last eight years, events management students at the University have raised over £200,000 for local causes.
This is made possible through a final year live event management module, which challenges students to plan and deliver an event of their choice, with all profits being donated to their chosen organisation.
This year a creative collection of fundraising events has been organised by the students.
They got underway on Friday with an Abba-themed disco night at Yellow Arch studios.
Other events include a gin and tonic tasting event, a Mad Hatter’s tea party and a gala dinner with a Through the Ages theme.
This year all the proceeds from the events are being split between Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Weston Park Cancer Hospital, Museums Sheffield, The Children’s Hospital Charity and Cavendish Cancer Care.
Module leader Jane Tattersall, said: “The events are now the highlight of the academic year for me and it is the icing on the cake for our students to showcase the professional skills and knowledge that they have developed throughout their degree. Most people would assume that that the events are organised by industry professionals, not students, because the standards and the funds raised are often are so high. Audiences get really involved and the variety of events is reflection of the ambitions and career aspirations of our students.
She added: “Our tourism students deliver events designed to bring visitors into Sheffield and our arts and entertainment students are working with Museums Sheffield to showcase their heritage attractions.
“I also have to thank the generosity of several Sheffield businesses who have been very supportive by offering sponsorship or donating fantastic raffle prizes to help raise even more money, and we appreciate the relationships we build in this way. All of the students really love being able to contribute to our amazing charities, and as tutors we are immensely proud of everything they achieve.”
Gail Parkin, Sheffield community fundraiser at Bluebell Wood Hospice, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to both Sheffield Hallam University and the event management students for all their hard work. The students have come up with some really original ideas, they have so much potential and I’m really looking forward to attending as many events as possible. We are so appreciative of all the effort they have put in, it’s clear they want to raise as much as possible for the charities”.
Professor Kevin Kerrigan, Sheffield Hallam University’s pro vice-chancellor for enterprise and Sheffield Business School, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to see the creativity and imagination our students have shown in coming up with these fabulous fundraising events. “This is a great example of the real life learning experiences we offer our students at Sheffield Hallam University. Not only are the students applying what they’ve learnt in their academic studies to real life situations, they are raising money for a host of good causes and contributing in a positive way to the local community.
“I look forward to hearing the grand fundraising total and wish everyone taking part the very best of luck.”
For more information about this year’s fundraising events and to find out how to book a ticket, please visit http://platformprojects.net/