Teamwork pays off as students help hospice

The business students celebrate their success
The business students celebrate their success

Business students at Banbury and Bicester College have been putting their money- making skills to the test for Katharine House Hospice.

They have been working since September to deliver a range of fundraising activities, including selling Christmas trees and gifts from Banbury market, face painting in Castle Quay Shopping Centre and a sponsored cycle ride. A total amount of £3,147 has been raised.

Steph McNeil, lead business teacher, said: “We are so proud of our students. They took responsibility for all aspects of the project from the initial fundraising ideas to their implementation across the Banbury area.

“But more importantly, the skills they have learnt in the process, such as teamwork, problem solving and communication, will help them prepare for success in the business world.”

Among the biggest fundraisers was a ten-mile sponsored walk in fancy dress which clocked up £1,000 and a posh frocks fashion show and auction, which raised £750.

Annmarie Grant, business student, said: “I’ve never done anything like this before. I have learnt lots about business already, especially about effective teamwork in achieving a common goal. The feedback we’ve received has been fantastic, people who attended the posh frocks events said how professional it was.”