Students speed ahead on fundraising challenge

Enterprising University of Wolverhampton students will be raising funds for five local charities as part of their coursework this year.

The BA (Hons) Business Management students will be organising activities and events to raise funds and gain real experience.

More than 230 students on the Entrepreneurial Creativity and Innovation module will be involved in the project, and a large exhibition of their work will be held in April. Over the last six years, students on the module have raised £150,000 for various charities.

One of the charities set to benefit is Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes, with which Lecturer in Marketing Dr Roy Broad is a volunteer.

Roy, who has been volunteering for the charity since its launch three years ago, said: “The students will be working on their own enterprise skills on a specific project working with a variety of charities.

“I think it is really important that as a charity, we engage with students and make them aware of these volunteering opportunities with the NHS. Whether you like bikes or something else there are opportunities to volunteer.

“The big buzz is getting a big thank you from NHS staff and sometimes relatives and patients. We sometimes hear the story after we have made the delivery and that is very rewarding.”

Lynne Stone, who is responsible for corporate fundraising at Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes, said: “We’re delighted to have been selected as one of the charities to benefit from the students’ fundraising activities.

“Formed by a group of advanced motorcyclists with a common love of motorbikes, our blood bikes made 3,000 deliveries and saved the NHS in Shropshire and Staffordshire £100,000 last year.”

The other charities are Acorn Hospice, Promise Dreams, Compton Hospice and St Anthony’s Cheshire Home.

Further information

Picture: Liz Heyworth-Thomas, Business and Enterprise Module leader, Lynne Stone Corporate fundraising officer for Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes and Roy Broad Lecturer in Marketing and Blood Bike volunteer.

For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

Date Issued: Thursday, 09 February 2017

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