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Events Management students celebrate raising thousands for charity.

Events Management students from the University of Chester are celebrating after raising almost £7,500 for charity.

Around 65 second year students, from the Chester, Warrington and Shrewsbury Campuses, were placed in small groups and tasked with creating, developing, planning and delivering a fundraising event on behalf of a range of local and national charities.

 One group partnered with Storyhouse in Chester to create a creative learning craft and storytelling event for children, and a group in Shrewsbury collaborated with Reckless Sleepers, an internationally renowned performance group, to deliver a three night production.

 Another group – LMPE events – raised almost £1,000, by holding a cocktail masterclass and a series of smaller fundraisers, including a bake sale and a Spinathon. The funds raised went to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, a provider of end of life care for residents of Cheshire West and Chester and Deeside.

 LMPE Events is a group of second year students at the University, which includes: Laura D’Alessandro, aged 19, from Basel in Switzerland; Mattia Carr, aged 21, from Camberley in Surrey and Pinky Liu, aged 21, from Hong Kong.

 Laura D’Alessandro, Team Leader of LMPE Events, said: “The cocktail masterclass was well-attended and people really enjoyed it – it was relatively inexpensive for what was included! The venue, The Alchemist in Chester, was also unbelievably helpful and friendly to us and our guests. In addition to the cocktail event, we hosted other small fundraisiers, including: a bake sale at Queen’s Park Campus and a Spinathon (three hour spin class) at Pure Gym in Chester.

 “We are so proud to have raised so much for local charity, the Hospice of the Good Shepherd. As the Team Leader, I have felt nothing but pride in all aspects of the planning and delivery of our events. It’s always an amazing reward to see our guests enjoying the events we host.”

 Janet Uttley, Corporate and Major Donor Manager at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, said: “The team worked really hard and we were so impressed with their attention to detail. They came in to meet us and made sure they understood how the Hospice supports the local area, before their planning got underway. We are so grateful to everyone that got involved in the cocktail mixing, baking and spinning; a huge thank you from all of us here at Hospice of the Good Shepherd. LPME Events did us proud!”

Tim Brown, Senior Lecturer in Events Management, added: “We are delighted with the quality of all the events this year and the huge benefits paid to such a wide ranging number of charities. LMPE were certainly a good example of good fundraising for a small bespoke event, proving that events don’t need to be big to have a positive impact!”