First-year students raise record total for charity

First-year College students have raised more than £200 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) by organising a charity five-a-side football tournament.

Charlie Ing was part of the team who organised the event and is in the process of being diagnosed with heart problems himself. He believes the money raised will help others like him get the necessary treatment.

“We chose the British Heart Foundation because they support people to be more active, which is what football is all about,” said Charlie.

The total collected is double the amount raised in previous years as part of the Travel & Tourism, and Hospitality & Events combined-course fundraiser. The group’s original target of £80 reflected the success of previous years and students were shocked by their whopping total of £200.16. This was due to a last minute turnout of 35 players each paying a minimum five-pound entry.

BHF Gloucester and Bristol Manager Sarah Standing who received the donation on behalf of the charity said: “Nobody knows about students like Charlie, they just get on with it. A lot of effort went into the students’ planning and I’m really chuffed they picked us.”

Also, as a former teacher at the College, Sarah added: “It’s always great to be invited back, especially by the students.”

Twelve babies each day are diagnosed with heart problems in the UK and the money raised will go to supporting people like Charlie.

Georgia Harris who also took part in the event said: “I’m quite proud of us as a team, as we’ve not known each other long. Organising this event showed us the process of how to put together an event from scratch, which is important to our course.”

The Travel & Tourism, and Hospitality & Events courses are two-year, Level 3 vocational programmes equivalent to three A-levels. Some students combine these courses with a language A-level.

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