Business students to raise charity cash at Xmas event
Spirited students have come up with a crafty way to raise festive cheer for a Wrexham hospice.
First year students from the Tourism, Hospitality and Events degree at Glyndŵr University will be selling handmade decorations, gifts, cards, and jewellery at a Victorian Christmas market on Thursday December 11.
Held at St Giles’ Church, the event runs from noon until 8pm and was organised by Wrexham council in aid of Nightingale House Hospice.
More than 70 stallholders selling a vast array of yuletide treats, from cakes to roasted chestnuts, plants and local produce will be in attendance.
Lecturer Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy says the experience will give the students a taste of what it’s like to organise and run an event, as well as raising money for a worthwhile cause.
“This is the first of many activities the students will undertake as part of their degree over the coming months,” she said.
“You really can’t teach event management by just sitting in the lecture theatre; the students have to be hands-on and see for themselves what it’s like to succeed and fail so they can prepare themselves for the real world.
“This is going to be a useful exercise for them, and more importantly, we hope to raise lots of money for Nightingale House Hospice.”
Student Francesca Mairs added: “We’re working hard so that everything is in place ahead of the Christmas Market.
“The reason we chose to study Tourism, Hospitality and Events at Glyndŵr University is because of the practical nature of the course, and the opportunity to be part of days like this one.
“Raising money for charity is an important aspect of the challenge, and we will rise to it.”
Wrexham-based law firm DTM Legal is sponsoring the Glyndŵr University project.
Partner Duncan McAllister said: “We are very pleased to be able to sponsor the stalls for Glyndŵr students, giving them the opportunity to develop in their chosen course and raise money for such an excellent charity. We wish them every success.”
A spokesperson for Destination Wrexham added: “We are delighted to be working with the hospitality, tourism and event management undergraduates from Glyndŵr University.
“With Wrexham having one of the fastest growing visitor industries in Wales, it’s vital that we support students looking to come into the sector and give them opportunities to develop their ideas and networking skills.
“Therefore the Wrexham Victorian Christmas Market gives them an ideal platform to do this – and to meet and greet many of the visitors coming into town for this special evening.”
Jacqueline is no stranger to hosting big occasions, having founded the Inspiring Women Awards in 1992.
She has been organising them ever since and is also chair of the Emerge 3 Rs charity, which has responsibility for Emerge Recycling and the management of the Greater Manchester depot of national food Charity, FareShare.
Jacqueline is also a founding director of HER Rugby League and is the Manchester representative of Maiden Voyage, a holiday website for female travellers.
She is a feature writer and reviewer for Lifestyle and Trade magazines and websites and has been a regular business commentator for BBC Radio Manchester for over 20 years.