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Students raise funds for Southend Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit

16 January 2018

Fundraising

Students at South Essex College have been busy raising money for Southend Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit.

The Level 3 Business students arranged a series of events and raised a total of £1,177 for the unit.

Daniel Pinder, 17, from Southend, organised a bake sale at the College's Southend Campus as part of the fundraising activities.

He said: "The event went really well. After many planning lessons with our lecturer, when the day of the event came along we were well prepared and had the mind-set to raise as much money as possible.

"I would like to say a big thank you to the staff at Sainsbury's who donated cakes and donuts for the bake sale, this helped massively and enabled us to raise lots of funds for the unit."

Another group of students held a fine dining charity night in Waves, the College's restaurant.

Sales from the tickets went to the fund. The menu includes dishes such as seabass, slow cooked belly of pork, pot roast partridge and a selection of desserts.

Jerry Brown, Business Lecturer, said: "The classes in Southend and Thurrock were really engaged and the money raised represents their fantastic effort! Other events held included a FIFA tournament, Mario Kart racing and collection tins around the College."

Lucy Lock, Community Fundraising Officer at Southend Hospital Charity said: "The students were a pleasure to meet with and I was so impressed with their enthusiasm to raise money and help make a difference in their local community.

"The Special Care Baby Unit will use the money to purchase specialist equipment to help us continue to deliver first class care for sick new-born babies and the babies who are born prematurely. 

"Our thanks go to all the students for raising such a fantastic amount and for all the hard work and energy they put into their fundraising."