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Students run successful event, raising hundreds for charity

Eastleigh College’s annual Christmas Fayre, a community event for families to enjoy in the lead up to Christmas, reached record breaking numbers! The event was organised by the College’s Event Management students and raised money for the children’s charity Piam Brown Ward.

The Christmas Fayre, which returned for its third year saw students arrange a variety of fun activities including Santa’s Grotto, a photo booth, gift stalls from local businesses, an appearance from Disney’s Elsa and much more! The students raised a total of £597 for Piam Brown Ward and welcomed around 300 visitors through the doors, which far exceeded last year’s event!

William, who is a second year Event Management student, had the leading role as Project Manager. This saw him plan the event and organise students into departments such as Marketing, Finance and Health and Safety as well as recruiting the first year students into specific job roles which they had to apply and interview for. The students noted how beneficial this was in preparing them for the workplace.

They also went on to describe some of their personal highlights from the event:

William, comments, “I enjoyed setting up and decorating the College and seeing it all come together. Being given the role of Project Manager has been a really good experience for me because I want to go into the managerial side of events.”

Dan, who is also a second year Event Management student shares, “It was great to watch people come in and say ‘wow’. It felt like such an accomplishment.”

Paige, a second year Event Management student highlights, “I took on a role I didn’t know much about or quite know what I was letting myself in for. I have learned so much from it!”

Libby, a first year Event Management student describes, “It was so lovely to organise the event and raise money for a charity with such a good cause. It gave the whole event a positive vibe and was great inspiration.”

A selection of students are hoping to visit the Piam Brown Ward at Southampton Hospital to handover the money raised and see the difference they will make to local children and families.

Caroline Perrett, lecturer in Event Management shares, “It’s been a phenomenal learning curve for the students. Each and every student did an exceptional job both individually and as part of a team. It’s been a fun experience for everyone.”

The fun doesn’t stop there with staff from Eastleigh College donning their Christmas jumpers later this month to raise even more money for MacMillan Nurses and Alzheimer's Research UK.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Eastleigh College!