Event Management students at Eastleigh College have raised a fantastic total of £2,257.61 which has been donated to four local charities; PICU, Piam Brown Children’s Ward, Blue Cross and Wessex Cancer Trust. The donation was raised following a number of successful charity events and projects that were planned, organised, marketed and ran by students throughout the academic year, including a Christmas Fayre, enterprise projects and a charity dinner held at the award winning Botley Park Hotel.
William Maunders, a second year Media, Marketing and Event Management student, who has secured an unconditional offer at Southampton Solent University to study BA (Hons) Event Management, has played a key part in a number of the events this year. Reflecting on the events, Will remarked:
‘For me, the two events that stand out have to be the Christmas Fayre and the charity dinner held at Botley Park Hotel.’
With two leading positions behind him, the role of Project Manager for the Botley charity event and the role of Events Coordinator at the Christmas Fayre, it is not surprising that these events are personal highlights for Will. When discussing the Christmas Fayre in particular, Will commented:
‘Seeing the Christmas Fayre come together at the College was really rewarding. My role as the Events Coordinator not only built my confidence but gave me invaluable insight and experience in the managerial side of events, where I hope my career will lead me.’
Alannah Sawyer, a first year Media, Marketing and Event Management student who will return to Eastleigh College in September, also highlighted the same events:
‘Looking back over my first year at Eastleigh College the Christmas Fayre and the charity event at Botley Park Hotel resonate with me most. As the first event of the year, the Christmas Fayre massively strengthened my networking skills and my confidence, whereas Botley Park, the first event organised and ran by students on a large scale and outside of the Eastleigh College facilities, helped me to solve complex problems. It was great to see that come together in the end!’
Will and Alannah also agree that the practical experience gained in organising and running events on their course has significantly helped to prepare them for their futures. Alannah commented:
‘I have found the events experience to be the best part of the course. Nothing teaches you like the experience of doing things for yourself and I cannot wait to come back and be involved with more events.’
Throughout the year, local charities have been overwhelmed with the support from Eastleigh College students and the high standard of charity events.
The charity dinner held at Botley Park Hotel was in aid of the Wessex Cancer Trust and Jane Wooton, Support Centre Manager at Wessex Cancer Trust’s Chandler’s Ford centre, remarked:
‘We were all really impressed with the professional way that the students organised the evening. As a charity which works within the College’s local community, we were delighted they recognised the importance of the services we provide and chose to support us. Our Chandler’s Ford centre provides befrienders, counselling, support groups and complementary therapies to anyone living with cancer, and the money raised will help us to further boost this much needed support.’
Following the Christmas Fayre, a selection of students also visited the grateful Piam Brown Ward at Southampton to personally handover a cheque for the money raised and see the difference their donation would make to local children and their families.
Caroline Perrett, Lecturer of Media, Marketing and Event Management comments:
‘The students have worked exceptionally hard this year, showing dedication and a willingness to learn. I am over the moon about the fantastic total raised this year. At Eastleigh College we pride ourselves on giving as much ‘real life’ experience throughout the course as possible to fully prepare our students for their next steps. It was a very rewarding sight to see my students evolve over the year, learn multiple skills and enjoy their experiences as well!’