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Sport students kickstart university studies with charity fundraiser

HND Sport students at Bishop Auckland College have raised £623 for St Teresa's Hospice in Darlington. 

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HND Sport students at Bishop Auckland College have raised £623 for St Teresa’s Hospice in Darlington. 

Students were given the challenge in the first week of their higher education course as part of their induction tasks. Working in small groups, the 20 students planned ways to raise money which included bake sales, raffles and sponsored head shaves. Tutor Andrew Dixon said “We wanted the students to undertake a meaningful charitable activity as part of their HE induction. The students have enjoyed working in teams and ‘thinking outside the box’ to raise money. Obviously, sports students are a competitive bunch and their determination has produced great results. We are very proud of them.”

A cheque for £623 was handed over by staff and students to representatives from  Saint Teresa’s Hospice. The charity offers palliative and end of life care and support to residents of South Durham & North Yorkshire, and their carers. Despite the vital services offered, the hospice has to source 70% of its funding through non-government means, including fundraising initiatives like those undertaken by the students.  It costs approximately £2.4 million per year to fund the services offered. 

The students are already planning their next fundraising activities and will continue to work closely with Saint Teresa’s Hospice in the future.