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16th December 2015

IT & Computing students Sam Houghton and Jacob Allen have created a Christmas website for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield, helping to raise funds to support children with life shortening conditions and their families in West Yorkshire.

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Sam (aged 18) and Jacob (aged 19) are studying the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Software Development at York College. They worked together building a bespoke Christmas website to encourage donations to the Hospice. Their website facilitated a donation to the charity and the option to fill in a form which generated a personalised letter from Santa. The website ran for a few weeks before Christmas, raising £1,143.46 for the Hospice.

Said Sam and Jacob: “The College was approached by the Hospice to see if anyone could build the website and we were happy to take on the challenge. Working on a live project is really good experience for us and we enjoyed doing it together. It’s rewarding to know that our work has helped the Hospice, raising much needed funds, and that the website gave a lot of children the excitement of hearing from Santa in the run up to Christmas.”

Rebecca Wright who commissioned the project said: ‘We are truly delighted with what Sam and Jacob have produced. Their work ethic, professionalism and the end product is truly outstanding and I am sure they will both go on to have very successful careers. This is a lovely initiative and helps us raise much needed monies for the hospice. We need to raise £3.8m this year and only 6% of that will come from the government so we rely heavily on the support of our local community." 

Sam and Jacob hope to progress to university next year to study Computer Science.

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