Monday, 13 January 2014

Students support children's charity

First Year Event Management undergraduates are set to take part in a series of events in aid of a local children's charity.

As part of their Semester Two studies the students will work in small groups to devise, plan and deliver the events to raise money for Rock FM's Cash for Kids charity. Course Leader, Rod Train, and Lecturer Lynn Train visited Rock FM just before Christmas to meet Nikki Thompson and Rose Finnigan from the charity to find out more about their work.

Cash for Kids lends a helping hand to disabled and disadvantaged children aged 0-18 years by means of a grant giving process. Grants awarded go towards buying specialist equipment for children to enhance their quality of life.

All the money is raised and spent locally and goes to children and young people throughout the region, with mental, physical or sensory disabilities, with behavioural or psychological disorders, living in poverty or situations of deprivation or suffering through distress, abuse or neglect.

Nikki and Rose talked about some of the children who have been helped by the charity and how there are many more still waiting for help. When Rod and Lynn visited the charity was concentrating on 'Mission Christmas' which collects donated Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children.

Rock FM's entrance hall was piled high with toys and games waiting for Father Christmas to collect them, but with so many children hoping for a present there is always room for more. Rod and Lynn also had a tour of the Radio Station, and popped in to the studio to meet DJ Matt Spokes who was on air broadcasting the Drive Time show.

In addition to UCLan supporting Cash for Kids with fundraising, Event students will have the opportunity to volunteer to help on various events next year and gain valuable industry experience. Some have already volunteered taking the role of elves at the Christmas Lights switch-on and worked behind the scenes in the administration office.

This is a very worthwhile local charity and we are looking forward to working with them closely in the future.

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