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Students raise hundreds for vital community charity

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  • News date: Aug '21
  • News author: Jenny Barwise
Four beauty students stand with two catering students with a large cheque

Students raise hundreds for vital community charity

A hands on charity event has brought in hundreds of pounds for a worthy cause.

Before finishing for the summer term, students at Lakes College, studying Level 3 Beauty Therapy, organised and ran an Indian Head Massage fundraiser in aid of the local autism charity BEE Unique, raising a grand total of £350.

Beauty lecturer, Lindsey Skelton said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to complete their assessments whilst supporting a local charity that is personal to many within the group.”

For £12.50, clients received a 45 minute massage as well as a goodie box on their way out – which included a cupcake baked by the college’s catering students, a teabag and a small inspirational message.

Kath Horrocks attended the event and said: “It was a very positive experience. A lovely treat while also supporting our students and charity at the same time!”

The fundraising event was part of an assessment the students had to complete that required them to plan a promotional event. They chose the charity they raised money for, as well as holding weekly meetings in preparation.

Jemma Edmondson is one of the students who organised the marketing of the event, she said: “It was our pleasure to organise this event with all proceeds going to a local charity ‘BEE Unique’.
“Within our class we have three parents of autistic children, including myself.”

BEE Unique’s ethos is, “BEE Unique as you are, and BEE your own kind of beautiful!” and was founded by Nadia Shaw after both her sons were diagnosed with non-verbal autism.

Nadia says: “The stigma towards autism has often been difficult to tackle as it affects each individual differently. It is a hidden disability which makes it hard to recognise.
“It makes it difficult for the individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum condition and their families to access the correct support. This limits what they can achieve.
“This can leave autism families and carers feeling deeply upset and excluded. A better understanding and support can make a big difference for those diagnosed and their families and carers. We hope to support and address this.”