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Enterprising students named as hospice’s top fundraisers

Business students from Banbury and Bicester College have been named among a local charity’s top fundraisers for a second year running.

At an awards ceremony on Monday (29 February), the students won two awards in a competition set by Katharine House Hospice.

The competition invited companies, schools and colleges in the Banbury area to raise as much money as possible for the Adderbury-based hospice, with only a £50 start-up fund.

The students at Banbury and Bicester College raised almost £3,000 for the hospice, with activities including film nights, a battle of the bands competition, football tournament, skipathon and sponsored walk. The activities were all planned and delivered by the students as part of a project-based learning challenge.

The students’ awards included the most creative fundraising award from a sixth form/college and the most revenue generated by a sixth form/college.

Steph McNeil, Lead Business Teacher at Banbury and Bicester College said: “I’m so proud of our students. They’ve worked incredibly hard and the awards are fully deserved.”

Lee Jamieson, head of learning for business, added: "Our Level 2 students won the most creative fundraising tropy, which is a testament to their ingenuity and creativeness. Our Level 3 students scooped the most revenue generated; a fantastic achievement for a fantastic group of students.

“The students richly deserve their success and this reflects the excellent support and guidance that our teaching team offers at the college”.