A CHESTER tradition has nowbeen revived, thanks to a group of EventsManagement students. In January Tea Dance Events – comprising
CeriMurray-Williams, Nikki Bartley, Suzanne Humphries, Becky Ody and Jen Standish – held the first tea dancewithin the CityWalls in at least two years, attractingmore than 60 people and raising almost £450 for Help for Heroes. Ceri said: “Itwas a great afternoon for all
involved and the dance floorwas filled throughout the event!” Following this success and the
overwhelming feedback demandingmore of the same, Tea Dance Events aims to resurrect this function on amonthly basis. The groupwillworkwith different charities
for each dance and aimto continue their objective and ‘bring the community together throughmusic, dance, tea and cake’.
KIND-HEARTED students have been digging deep across the University’s Chester andWar- rington campuses raising thousands of pounds for charity. Second-year Events Management students de-
vised, planned,marketed and delivered13 different events over an eight-week period, ranging from a silent disco,virtual gigs and band nights, to aMad Hatter’sTeaPartyandaWorldRecordattemptat the three-legged race. Tim Brown, Senior Lecturer at Chester Business
School, said: “All the events were aimed at raising funds for a variety of charities ranging from local ones such as ClaireHouse and ChesterDeaf Centre, to national ones suchasSparks and Macmillan Cancer Support and theymanaged to raise around £4,500 for charity. “They did afantastic job of organising and real-
ising the events and we’re hoping to build on this success next year andwant to raise at least £6,000.” ■ ITwas all hands on deck as students prepared to hoist theirpirateflagsandjointhequest toraisegold forHopeHouseHospice. InFebruarytheLadyDianashowboatontheRiver
BALLROOM REVIVAL: Becky Ody, Jen Standish, Suzanne Humphries, Ceri Murray-Williams and Nikki Bartley put on a tea dance in aid of Help for Heroes.
Worth fighting for
FIVE students fromthe University’s Warrington campus, known as Red Events joined forces to raise funds for the charity Help for Heroes ahead of Valentine’s Day EventsManagement students Hannah
Jenning, KellyWhitters, Lee Vaughan, Rhian Oxenhamand Siwan Smith, organised the Fight For This Love event atWarrington’s Students’ Union Bar in February as part of their studies. The themewas Armed Forces fancy dress
and the teamorganised every detail fromthe Valentines decor to the chocolate fountain andwooden roseswhichwere on sale to raise funds for the national charity. Rhian Oxenhamsaid: “Help for Heroes is a
causewhich is verymuch in the public eye at themoment andwe feel it is a subject matter close to everyone’s heart especially as it is our boys and girlswho are out there fighting for us and sowe hoped to raise quite a bit ofmoney for them.We are sure that the Help for Heroes charitywill be pleasedwith our efforts.”
IN FEBRUARY EventsManagement students Li Armitstead, Rebekah Duke,Maria Cedrola, Scott Taylor and AndrewJohnston organised the attempt to smash theworld record for the greatest number of people to take part in a three-legged race – in hats. The event took place on the polo field at
Chester Racecourse and about 80 people turned up to take part – unfortunately not enough to beat the current record, but it gave the organisers a taste for fundraising and they are alreadyworking towards a new charity event. Li said: “The eventwent reallywell, itwas a
great day and a lot of fun for everyonewho took part, so even thoughwe didn’t beat the world recordwe still had a good time and managed to raise somemoney for Sparks in the process. “We’re hoping to add to this by organising
another big event in the next fewweeks after thework-based learning programme has finished. “It's certainly given us a taste forwhat event organising is like.”
ALL QUIET: The silent disco in action.
STUDENT events company DEAFin- itely Headfunk had something to shout about after raising almost £400 forthe Deafness SupportNetwork,which runs the Chester Deaf Centre in the city.
Students’ Union bar,which was atten- ded by more than 150 students, the group was able to collect the money from ticketsales and donations, which exceeded their expectations. JessicaCarolan,ofDEAFinitelyHead-
funk, said: “We all really enjoyed the night and we appreciate the effortsof everyone whotook partfor helping to
make the event a success. “We are especially grateful to theDJs,
dancers and photographers whoall donated their services, to enable us to make asmuchmoney as possible.” Participants wore headphones and
listened to a choice of tracks,mixed by the event DJs. The variety ofmusic availablemeans
thatany observer without headphones willwitness a roomofpeopledancing to different beats and also in apparent silence. Judging from the atmosphere on the
night and feedback received by the or- ganisers afterwards, all attendees en-
joyed themselves. One of the DJs,Ian Hutchins, said:
“I’veneverplayedatasilentdiscobefore but the conceptwas brilliant! “Everyone really enjoyedthemselves,
including the DJs!” Natalie Jackson of the Chester Deaf
Centreadded: “Deafness SupportNet- workis very grateful for this kind dona- tion. “Wewill beusing the funds to support
our newYouth Service,to put towards costs of regular activities and to enable as many young deaf people to be in- volved as possible, setting up bowling, laser quest and street dancing.”
Deewas captured byCAASSEvents – StuartO’Don- nell, Stefan Robertson, Amy Tunnicliffe,Aimee Carter and Charlotte Henderson –and turned into the officialpirate shipto jointhe charityonitsquest tomake themost of short and precious lives around the UK. Chairman StuartO’Donnell, fromCAASS Events,
said: “The events company has been set up by students studying Events Management at the Uni- versity and is a completely non-profitable organ- isation.Wewanted to raisemoney for a charity that was part of our community and in need of dona- tions. “Wewanted to runanevent that offered people the
chance to remember what it felt like to be a young child and couldn’t think of anything better than a pirate fancydress party for students to re-live the parties of their childhood.”
BUCCANEERS: Back row, Stefan Robertson and Stuart O’Donnell, front, Charlotte Henderson, Aimee Carter and Amy Tunnicliffe.
Silent disco is DEAFinitely a success!
Music for Macmillan
TELFORDSWarehouse in Chesterwas the venue chosen to host X-perience Events’ charity gig in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The teamof Events
Management students - Jessica Yates, Sarah Kennerly, Emma Anderton, Aimee Potter and Jennifer McGuire – organised the live music eventwhich took place in February and featured performances fromHippies on the Hill, Sunrise Sunset and Ruth Kealy. Sponsorship for the event
came frommusic comparison website Upcoming Beats.
techno twin Playing the karaoke of the 21st century helped raise funds for disadvantaged people thanks to a new concept in bar entertainment. In February the guitarmet
itsmatch in the newXbox 360 Guitar Hero at the Frog and Nightingale pub, in Frodsham Street, Chester. Themain highlight of the interactive eveningwas the Guitar Hero virtual contest,with the best rocker earning £100. The nightwas devised by
Cllas Events,which comprised Events Management students Lucy Brown, Lucy Coates, Christopher Smith, AmyWade and Siobhan Harris, to raise funds for Oxjam, a UK-wide music event organised by the charity Oxfam.
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