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College Students on London Selfie Treasure Hunt Double Fund For Hospice

Published on: 14 Dec, 2020
Updated on: 14 Dec, 2020

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Opportunities to get out and about for travel and tourism (T&T) students at Activate Learning’s Guildford College campus have been few since term started in September.

The subject that usually involves many educational trips, visits and industry guest speakers has been severely hampered by the pandemic restrictions.

So, when T&T students were set a group project to come up with an innovative way to raise funds for a chosen charity, they got creative.

Working within all Covid safety guidelines and in small groups, the students designed a sponsored selfie treasure hunt set around tourist attractions in London.

Walking between 16 well-known tourist venues, taking selfies as they went as evidence of their attendance, each student pounded the pavements for 10 miles during the challenge.

They set up sponsorship with a target of £400 via their Just Giving page for Katharine House Hospice, more than doubling that by collecting £900.

Hannah Lehman, the hospice community and events fundraising assistant, said: “All of us at Katharine House were delighted to see Guildford College’s Just Giving page pledging to raise money for us.

“A big thank-you to the travel and tourism students for supporting us this way, a great and very original idea for fundraising.”

Staff at the college have worked tirelessly over the past few months to ensure each student has been able to engage with learning while keeping safe under what has been, at times, extremely challenging conditions.

Mandy France, the college’s travel and tourism tutor, said: “This term we have missed our wonderful local industry guest speakers and haven’t been able to plan group visits due to the pandemic.

“But the students came up with this creative sponsorship idea. They successfully combined fundraising with learning and had a memorable day out in London, all working within the safety guidelines.

“I am immensely proud of our students, especially as they smashed their fundraising target of £400 on day one.”

Student Jack Travers, said: “We are so pleased we were able to do this. It’s a great course and our tutors have been working so hard to ensure we’re getting the best experience under the circumstances.

“The selfie treasure hunt fundraiser was brilliant fun and we certainly learned a lot during the day. I’m proud we have managed to raise so much for such a worthy cause.”

If you would like to sponsor the travel and tourism students at Guildford College and support Katharine House Hospice, please visit their Just Giving page: https://bit.ly/2KfCiR1

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