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Guildford College Health & Social Care Students Fundraising Success for Local Charity

Posted on 05 March 2020
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Guildford College Health & Social Care students present their fundraising total to Eli Beckett from local mental health charity, Oakleaf

A group of Level 3 Health and Social Care students currently studying at Guildford College have recently raised a whopping £1,250 for local mental health charity Oakleaf as part of an assignment on Team Activities. The group, consisting of 15 students, were tasked to organise a team activity as part of their course and decided that a class fundraising exercise  fit the brief perfectly!

The group split into small teams and each planned various fundraising activities including cake sales, pub quizzes, raffles, sponsored cycle rides and walks. As a class, they agreed to choose Oakleaf as the worthy recipient of the funds raised.

Health and Social Care tutor, Gemma Forder, said: “I’m so proud of our students. They used their initiative to plan and execute this fundraising project as part of their assignment and have made a real success of it, proving that anything is possible if you work together as a team. They have achieved something over and above anything we expected of them and I am so pleased with this outcome”.

Eli Beckett, Fundraising and Partnership Manager at Oakleaf said: “The fantastic funds raised by Guildford College students in their Health and Social Care class will help provide mental health support and services to hundreds of vulnerable individuals across Surrey. Oakleaf Enterprise delivers a range of services to empower clients to gain the skills, training & confidence needed to manage their mental health & return to work—and relies on the generosity of donors and fundraisers in order to do so. The £1,250 raised by these students could pay for an incredible 416 hours of counselling for Oakleaf clients, or 41 hours of mindfulness tuition for a class of 16 people. From all of us at Oakleaf—thank you!”

Lauren Straffon, 18, who along with fellow Health and Social Care student Katy Ruddy, raised £700 by organizing a raffle and a sponsored 10 mile walk from Polesden Lacey to Leith Hill, said: “I’m so pleased that we've been able to raise money for Oakleaf as it's such a valuable local charity which gets very little funding, I’m proud of the amount we raised and how we all came together as a team to make it happen”.

Well done everyone involved, a fantatsic achievement!


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