Fay Sharpe, Chair of Trustees of the Muscle Help Foundation picked up a cheque for £1,500 when she visited BTEC Hospitality and Event Management students at Godalming College. The students, led by student project managers, Josephine Chalmers and Ben Leonard ran two different events. The first; a Pamper Evening aided by local businesses providing everything from Spray Tanning to Hypnotherapy, the second a Refreshers DJ night for College students with local talented DJs, at the Boileroom in Guildford.
The two groups of students made a combined total profit of £1,500, which was handed over to the Muscle Help Foundation Charity. The charity works with young people who cope with Muscular Dystrophy believing that by providing personalised experiences and making dreams come true they can have a great impact on young people’s wellbeing. The charity affectionately refers to fundraisers as Muscle Warriors and any money raised goes to helping the Muscle Dreams come true.
Fay Sharpe says ‘I had no idea that the students would be so very successful in raising this amount of money for the Muscle Help Foundation. The amount raised will provide Muscle Dreams for several young people and I am very pleased to receive this cheque.”
The BTEC Hospitality and Event Management provides an excellent basis for students wanting to progress into the Hospitality and Event Industry, learning all aspects of planning, organisation, marketing, customer service and analysing performance. As part of their second year studies all students have to plan and manage an event as part of their assessment for the Subsidiary Diploma qualification. In parallel to the TV programme the Apprentice students organise themselves into a team with a project manager, deciding on the event and their aims and objective. One of the objectives of the task is to clearly budget to make a profit. Each year the profits are donated to a charity chosen by the students, this year’s teams made the decision that any profits went to the Muscular Help Foundation.
Furthering their contact with the Foundation, the students have been offered work experience, to help support the young people with Muscular Dystrophy on experience days.