18th January 2019
Students studying Travel and Tourism at York College have taken on their biggest challenge yet, accepting a £30 loan from St Leonard’s Hospice ahead of the charity’s fourth Accumulator Challenge.
As part of the Conference and Events unit on the Level 2 & 3 Travel and Tourism courses, the students' task is to invest the initial sum of £30 wisely, activate their successful fundraising ideas and make as much profit as possible to beat other teams who have signed up for Challenge.
For the last four years York College has entered a team of fundraisers in the Challenge - winning the Challenge in 2017 when the College’s ‘Business Bulldogs’ raised in excess of £3,000 for the Hospice. The students taking part this year are just as keen, they are gearing up to go head to head with rival teams across the city.
Annie Koegh, Corporate and Community Fundraiser at St Leonard’s Hospice met with the students to explain the Challenge and handover the loan: “You have 30 days to turn £30 into a much larger sum of money. Every penny will help St Leonard’s Hospice carry out its work in caring for people with life-limiting illnesses. By taking on the Challenge you have signed up to fundraise like mad!”
Rianne Hughes, Travel & Tourism tutor at York College, says: “We hope to repeat our Accumulator Challenge success of 2017. The students are working on some fun and interesting fundraising ideas to raise monies for the Hospice. The Accumulator Challenge provides a wonderful learning opportunity that invoves the students in a range of roles and tasks, they are competing against major Travel & Tourism industry organisations in the city, giving them a real drive to succeed.”
The Accumulator Challenge begins on 2nd February and finishes on 3rd March 2019. The winning team and total raised will be announced at a special awards ceremony at the Marriott Hotel on 28th March. Other awards will be presented for the team with the most innovative fundraising idea and the best overall individual team member - for outstanding performance.