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Hospice benefits from Glyndŵr University students' creativity

November 22 2011

Fundraisers at Nightingale House Hospice will soon be receiving help from an unusual team member – a remote-controlled mascot designed by university students.

The Wrexham-based hospice invited students from Glyndŵr University to come up with a design for the new electronic mascot to invigorate its fundraising activities.

Tasked only with the criterion that the mascot should be able to act as a collection and storage device for donations, students came up with design concepts to coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2011.

A winning design will be selected by the hospice and produced by Glyndŵr University’s engineering department with the support of local businesses.

The project was organised by the university’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning and part-funded by the Welsh Government.

Matthew Draycott, Enterprise Associate, said: “Entrepreneurship is all about creativity, design and innovation so this was an excellent competition for the students to get involved with.”

Margaret Hollings, Community and Events Fundraising Manager for Nightingale House Hospice, said: “Once again we are absolutely thrilled to be working with Glyndŵr University, this time on a very unique project involving their engineering and art and design students. The prototype will hopefully develop into a fully working electronic ‘robot’ mascot which the hospice can use at events and shows to collect money in for the charity.

“This is truly exciting, particularly looking at the standard of past products which the students have produced to an extremely high spec.

“We are very proud to be associated with the university and I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of everybody at the hospice, to say thank you so much to the staff and students at Glyndŵr for adopting Nightingale House as their chosen project.”

The mascot competition was part of a week of activities which took place at Glyndŵr University to celebrate GEW 2011.

These included a 24 hour start-up day which saw students working overnight in the Catrin Finch Centre to create a viable business.

They received helped from the university’s Zone, as well as locally and regionally-based entrepreneurs who worked with them to develop their ideas.

At the end of the 24 hours all of the business ideas created were pitched over the internet through a crowd funding platform.

GEW is an annual event which aims to help budding entrepreneurs create new opportunities and successful ventures.

It is celebrated in 115 countries, with as many as 24,000 organisations planning more than 37,000 activities.

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