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Huish business students raise more than £2,200 for charities

Vocational Business students from Richard Huish College hosted a number of community events to raise more than £2,200 for a collection of charities close to their heart – Love Musgrove, Mind In Somerset and The Freddie Pring Memorial Fund.

The second year students organised the Christmas themed events as part of one of their formal assessments of their Extended Diplomas. The various teams were tasked with planning, conducting and evaluating an event, choosing to raise both funds and awareness for a charity of their choice.

Most of the events took place on 9 December, which also marked the College’s Christmas Jumper Day as part of the fundraising.

The first event was a coffee morning in aid of Love Musgrove. The charity helps support projects at Musgrove Hospital beyond what the NHS covers. The event was well attended and opened up to the community with visitors from Green Days and My Day care centres attending alongside the college’s Level 3 Health and Social Care students.

All guests enjoyed the festive music and indulged in a dance following teas and cakes, which had been donated by local companies and concluded with a raffle with prizes donated from local businesses. The event raised a fantastic £148.22 and demonstrated a great deal of community spirit.

Next up, the student body got involved in a busy assortment of activities which included FIFA 2020 competitions, sponsored leg waxing, cake sales, a raffle, and the Huish Bake Off. The Bake Off was judged blind by Principal, John Abbott, and Vocational Music Course Director, Andy Wild, with top place being awarded to a spectacular reindeer design.

Huish opened its doors in the evening for the final event of the day, Huish Bingo, raising almost £600 for Love Musgrove and The Fredddie Pring Memorial Fund. The Freddie Pring Memorial Fund was selected by the team because so many students wanted to honour the memory of ex-Huish student, Freddie Pring who passed away in the Summer. The fund was set up to help provide sports coaching and development to adults and children across West Somerset.

The festive day at Huish was followed by a charity dinner on the Friday of the week, organised by students Sacha McVay, Josh Elston and Adam Boutaleb-Cross. The team raised at least £1,400 for Mind in Somerset with the final total still to be calculated.

The College thanked everyone who contributed their support to thes fundraising events and, in particular, the Business students who worked tirelessly to ensure their success.

Sharon Williams, Course Manager for Vocational Business, said: “I am immensely proud of the students, they worked incredibly hard to ensure the events ran smoothly. They independently contacted local businesses to ask for donations to use within the raffle and bingo prizes and I would like to thank them for their kind generosity.”

More information about Vocational Business or other subjects at Huish is available from the website at

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