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Leek & Buxton College students raise funds for the British Heart Foundation

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 07, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Leek & Buxton College students with their tutors Shane Beckensall and Becky Whiston handing over the cheque to Warren Appleby from BHF.

Leek & Buxton College students with their tutors Shane Beckensall and Becky Whiston handing over the cheque to Warren Appleby from BHF.

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Big-hearted students at Buxton & Leek College have put their all into fund-raising for charity this term.

Challenged with organising a fund-raising event as part of their BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness, the class of 13 students pulled out all the stops for a night out at Leek's Westwood Golf Club in May.

And, following a charity auction, raffle, quiz and bingo session, the group raised £1,871 for the British Heart Foundation.

Course leader Shane Beckensall said: "The group really did go above and beyond for the cause as one of them recently lost his father to a heart attack.

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"They organised the whole evening from entertainment to booking the venue and selling the tickets and I am really proud of them.

"They are a very intelligent, trustworthy and hard-working group and, not content with the amount raised on the night, they went further with a sponsored leg wax and cake sale here in college to boost the total."

Warren Appleby, British Heart Foundation's fund-raising manager for Staffordshire, visited the college to receive the cheque last week. He said: "I was delighted to meet the students and their tutors and I was able to explain to them how the money will be used.

"Every penny raised will be dedicated to British Heart Foundation's Mending Hearts Appeal which is all about the latest work repairing damaged heart tissue in patients who have suffered heart attacks."

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