Student businesses offer charitable return

Teesside Uni students Fundraising

Enterprising students at Teesside University used their business skills to raise over £1,000 for two charities.

First year students in the School of Science & Engineering took part in an enterprise week where they had to develop and run their own micro-business.

Businesses ranged from car washing and selling brownies and pies, to making hair bands and running an online FIFA tournament.

In total the students raised £1,100, which was split between Heart Research UK and Lord’s Taverners – a youth cricket and disability sports charity.

Ashleigh Gooding, 19, a first year BSc (Hons) Environmental Science student, was on hand with her fellow fundraisers to present a cheque to Lord’s Taverners.

She said: “Taking part in the enterprise week was a lot of fun and there were some really good ideas. It was interesting to do something different and to raise money for two charities is a nice feeling.”

Dr Paul Shelton, Assistant Dean (Education Partnerships and Opportunities) in the School of Science & Engineering, added: “We are delighted with the amount of money that has been raised. Enterprise week was all about showing the students that anybody can be entrepreneurs and it has helped to boost their confidence and raise aspirations.”

Jamie Graham, Regional Chair for the Northumberland and Durham Lord’s Taverners, was grateful to the students for their enterprising efforts.

He said: “Students always manage to find new and innovative ways to maximise their potential and with their range of business ideas they have been able to raise a fantastic amount of money.

“It is really nice that the University has thought of Lord’s Taverners, which does some really important work in this part of the world.”


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