Vocational Business students from Richard Huish College hosted a number of community events to raise more than £2,200 for a collection of charities close to their hearts; Love Musgrove, Mind In Somerset and The Freddie Pring Memorial Fund.

The second year students organised the Christmas themed events as part of one of their formal assessments of their Extended Diplomas. The various teams were tasked with planning, conducting and evaluating an event, choosing to raise both funds and awareness for a charity of their choice.

Most of the events took place on 9th December, which also marked the College’s Christmas Jumper Day as part of the fundraising. A charity dinner then concluded the week raising over £1,400 of the combined total.

The first event was a Coffee Morning in aid of Love Musgrove. The charity helps support projects at Musgrove Hospital beyond what the NHS covers. The event was well attended and opened up to the community with visitors from Green Days and My Day care centres attending alongside the College’s Level 3 Health & Social Care students.

All guests enjoyed the festive music and indulged in a dance following teas and cakes, which had been kindly donated by Miles Tea Rooms, The Coffee Kitchen, Any Excuse for Cake, The Cake Shop and Somerset Bakehouse. The event concluded with a raffle with prizes donated from local businesses including The Calendar Club and The Body Shop amongst others. The event raised a fantastic £148.22 and demonstrated a great deal of community spirit.

Next up, the student body got involved in a busy assortment of activities that included; FIFA 2020 competitions, sponsored leg waxing, cake sales, a raffle, and the Huish Bake Off. The Bake Off was judged blind by Principal, John Abbott, and Vocational Music Course Director, Andy Wild, with top place being awarded to a spectacular reindeer design.

The festivities were accompanied by live music from talented Huish musicians. Representatives from Swish, 2BU and Eddy Stone Trust were also on hand to help provide Christmas survival tips and top advice about maintaining health and wellbeing during the festive period. Practicing positive mental health is something the College is extremely dedicated too and so it seemed fitting that Mind in Somerset was one of the chosen beneficiaries of the fun activities organised by the students.

Huish opened it’s doors in the evening for the final event of the day, Huish Bingo, raising almost £600 for Love Musgrove and The Fredddie Pring Memorial Fund. The Freddie Pring Memorial Fund was selected by the team because so many students wanted to honour the memory of ex-Huish student, Freddie Pring who passed away in the Summer. The fund was set up to help provide sports coaching and development to adults and children across West Somerset.

The bingo event was extremely well attended by students and public alike, and a huge thank you goes to the many businesses who donated bingo and raffle prizes to make it possible, which include Barleymows, Mademoiselle Desserts, Nuffield Health, Coffee #1, Buff Urban Day Spa, C and R MOT Centre, WHSmiths, Judith Goss Florists, Tesco’s, Butlins, Mecca Bingo, Hollywood Bowl, Essential Beauty and Aesthetics and Costa Coffee .

The festive day at Huish was followed by a Charity Dinner on the Friday of the week, organised by students Sacha McVay, Josh Elston and Adam Boutaleb-Cross. The team rented the venue and hospitality services of The White Post Café in Langford Budville and raised a tremendous £1,400 for Mind in Somerset with the final total still to be calculated.

Alongside ticket sales, money was generated through a lively auction. Items for the auction were donated by La Pilates, David Leyland, Jeremy Strachan, Verity Elston, Libertine, Rowan Chamber, Jessica Ware – Beauty Therapy, Nicholas McVay, Phillip Hummel Plumbing and Heating, Kanya, Danny Cross, Quantock Brewery, Susan Webb Health & Beauty, A J Notary Public, South Gundenham Farm, Gail Ware, Ian Ware Photography and Escape (Health and Beauty).

The College would like to thank everyone who contributed their support to these fundraising events and in particular, the Business students who worked tirelessly to ensure their success. Speaking on the events, Sharon Williams, the Course Manager for Vocational Business commented; “I am immensely proud of the students, they worked incredibly hard to ensure the events ran smoothly. They independently contacted local businesses to ask for donations to use within the raffle and bingo prizes and I would like to thank them for their kind generosity”.

If you’d like more information about Vocational Business or any of the other subjects that Huish has to offer please visit our website at www.huish.ac.uk.