BEd Charity Week 2015
Students raise grand total for Barnardo's during Charity Week
During a single week in April, our BEd (Hons) Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status students took time out of their study schedules to band together and raise money as part of the seventh annual BEd Charity Week.
This year, the students, along with help from course lecturers and Lynn Senior, Dean of the College of Education, raised a whopping £9,500 for Barnardo's.
Part of the students' fundraising efforts involved a sponsored 26-mile walk to Ashbourne, resulting in a few sore feet.
Students also organised and took part in a number of activities on campus and around the city; from bingo and a 'race night', to bag packing at local supermarkets.
One of the highlights of the week for many people was the 'Zumbathon', held in the University atrium, where students gathered for a collective Zumba session.
Kim Neal, a first year student, said: "I had such a fantastic time taking part in all of the activities - especially the Zumba! [Charity Week] was a great way to get to know friends on the course better; especially after walking 26 miles with some of them!"
The week concluded at the University of Derby's Family Fun Day, where students held another bucket collection in the sun.
Talking about the students' fantastic efforts and charitable contributions, Amanda Warrent, Barnardo's Community Fundraising Volunteer Manager, said: "The imagination of the students and their tutors never fails to amaze me. [This year] alone they completed a Tower walk, 26-mile Ashbourne Walk, bag packing, family fun day, quiz, and Zumbathon, followed by a much needed bake sale and pamper session."
"I'd like to thank the University of Derby students for believing in children and taking action to make a difference to the lives of some of the most disadvantaged children in local area."
Dionne Barton, BEd (Hons) Primary Education Programme Leader, added: "The fundraising events are a part of the programme's charity focus, which involves students engaging in community and charity work."
"As an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) team we believe it is important for teacher trainees to give something back to our community. It is heart-warming to know that our efforts make a difference to local children."
The £9,500 total was announced in a special presentation in the University's largest lecture theatre, and was attended by all of the BEd students involved and Barnardo's representatives.