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Floral team come up trumps for charity again

Posted on Tuesday 20 November 2012

Students and staff from Myerscough College’s Commercial Floral Design team had their fundraising hats on once again during the College’s annual Wellbeing Week held in October.

The Department are well known around campus for their fundraising efforts and always contribute positively to the week. This year proved to be no exception as they managed to raise a superb £308.36 for the Central and East Lancashire Division of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).

Activities throughout the week included a buttonhole making workshop, craft sales, cake baking and a tombola. They also displayed the skills practiced within their department by holding a huge flower sale outside of the College’s Richmond Restaurant.

Year One Further Education Subsidiary Diploma students and Extended Diploma students started the week’s proceedings by raising awareness of MND as part of a Well Being event held in the sports hall. 1st year Foundation Degree students helped to co-ordinate the flower stall as part of their Work Skills Development module for which they called on skills of teamwork, visual merchandising, community support and sales techniques. The week’s collaborative event was also well supported by students from the part time Level 2 City and Guilds in Floral Design, the Foundation Certificate, the 2nd year Foundation Degree and the BA (Hons) Degree.

Myerscough College Floral Design Lecturer, Susanna Brandon, was responsible for picking this year’s charity and chose one that was particularly close to her heart.

She said: “My Mum was diagnosed with MND a number of years ago and she received some fantastic emotional support and practical advice from the MNDA. This led to her meeting other people and families who had been affected by the disease and eventually joining the support team herself. She and the entire MNDA are a fantastic inspiration and show us all the benefits of rolling up our sleeves and making a difference!

“All the Floral Design team rose to the challenge of raising money and awareness for another very worthwhile cause and it was great to meet representatives from the MNDA when they visited the department to say a big ‘thank- you’ to the staff and students for their efforts during the week. This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to find out just how much difference their efforts will make to people in their local area who are affected by motor neurone disease.”

For more information about motor neurone disease visit the website www.mndassociation.org.


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