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Students' Fundraiser For Seriously Ill Sheffield Boy

Updated: 25/04/2016

A comedy night is being organised by Sheffield College travel and tourism students in the city centre this week for a charity that supports seriously ill children.

Students' Fundraiser For Seriously Ill Sheffield Boy

Foundation degree students Ashleigh-Sue Moore, 22, Kaja Sieradzka, 23, Elysia Lavender, 23, and Tyler Reid, 20, are holding a charity fundraiser

A comedy night is being organised by Sheffield College travel and tourism students in the city centre this week for a charity that supports seriously ill children.

Five students are planning, organising and hosting an event as part of their Foundation Degree in Events and Tourism Management course. The show is being held to raise money for Make-A-Wish UK®, a charity that grants the wishes of children who are fighting life-threatening conditions.

The fundraising event takes place on Thursday, April 28th at 7pm at Bloo 88 on West Street in Sheffield city centre. Colin Manford, who has performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, will be the headline act. For tickets, email info@sheffcol.ac.uk, click here on this Facebook link or call 07807 860380.

Students Elysia Lavender, 23, Tyler Reid, 20, Ashleigh-Sue Moore, 22, Kelly Shepherd, 22, and Kaja Sieradzka, 23, are organising the event to help a good cause and put into practice the skills they have learnt on their course.

Elysia Lavender said: “We are really pleased to be able to use our skills to support such a good cause. The course has allowed me to develop my skills in many different areas and flourish as a person. It’s given me hands-on experience of the world of events and tourism management and the confidence to gain a career in this field.”

The Sheffield College City campus students have had to research a suitable event for a target market, and organise it from scratch on a limited budget. The funds raised will go towards making the wish come true of a nine-year-old Sheffield boy living with leukodystrophy and muscular dystrophy whose nervous system isn’t developing properly and muscles are slowly weakening.

He has spent many months in hospital, needs a machine to help him breathe as he sleeps and is fed through a tube in his stomach. He loves to be outside where he can lie in the sunshine, play on the swings or push along on his adapted bike. His family have asked Make-A-Wish UK®, to grant his dearest wish – a garden makeover to enrich his life for years to come.

Heather Smith, Principal, The Sheffield College, said: “I am proud of our students putting their skills to such good use and helping a positive cause. Our excellent university level courses prepare students for the world of work by including real life projects. These students will have a lot of fun doing this event and the experience will increase their chance of moving on to exciting careers.”

Lucy Leeming, Regional Fundraising Manager, Make-A-Wish UK®, said: “We are delighted to have the support from Sheffield College students. The support they give will make a huge difference. You too have the opportunity to make a real difference to everyday life for a remarkable young boy. To find out how you can get involved, please call 01276 40 50 57.”

The College offers a range of university level qualifications, which are vocational and related to the world of work. These include foundation degrees, which are two years of an honours degree, as well as higher national diplomas and certificates. For more information, clickhere.