3rd October 2018
New students studying Business at York College have organised and hosted The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan’s Cancer Support. Their event, held in Ashfield’s restaurant at the College, encouraged everyone to ‘Have Your Cake and Eat It’, raising a grand total of £714.47 for the charity.
The students’ work is attributable to two modules on the Extended Diploma Business course; Developing Teams in Business and Managing a Business Event. Working in groups, students took on different roles and responsibilities to make the event a success. Customers enjoyed bacon sandwiches, cakes, pastries and hot drinks, and an impressive raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses – all generated by the students.
Business students Jack Doherty (previously of Bootham School) and Kietel Browne (previously of Tadcaster Grammar School) are former AS Level students who decided to change courses this year to study a vocational pathway. Enjoying a more practical, hands-on approach to their studies, they explain their roles for the coffee morning event: “We worked as part of a larger group to oversee the food and drinks provision and we worked out how much food wouid be needed which involved negotiating with external suppliers. A nice variety of home baking was important so customers would be tempted to buy multiple items – we didn’t want a deluge of chocolate cakes and nothing else. We would like to thank Ashfields for making the bacon sandwiches and all the people who baked items for us, they did a great job. Seeing how this event has come together, in a relatively short timescale, has been fun and we are buzzing about the amount raised for Macmillan’s Cancer Support.”
Jack hopes to progress to Newcastle University to study International Business Management. He says: “At College I want to gain relevant skills such as teamwork, event management and business practices, whereas Kietel is interested in a career in marketing, wanting to progress to university or an apprenticeship.
Business tutor Deb Pearson said: “The students were new to the course when they started organising this charity event. Working in teams they have capitalised on their individual strengths, culminating in a well-run event. It is great to see their hard work supported by the rest of the College.”