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SGS students raise money for charity by spreading Christmas cheer

Musical Theatre and Dance students from SGS College’s performing arts department spread Christmas cheer throughout Bristol last month.

SGS students raise money for charity by spreading Christmas cheer

The students raised money for Southmead Hospital Charity as part of their Buskathon Event, Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, and Children's Hospice South West and also attended Headway Frenchay to perform for service users and staff.

Wednesday saw the students start their performance week at Headway in Frenchay, on Thursday the students sang songs and carols at Cabot Circus, Broadmead and the Galleries and on Friday performed at Southmead hospital as part of their Buskathon event. Sunday saw the students at Patchway Community Centre and then rounding up the week of events were the Dance students performing at the Buskthon event. Over the week the students raised more than £150 and counting.

Steph Benson from The Grand Appeal said:

“It has been fantastic working with Julie Hembrough and the performance students at SGS College, we are so grateful for their festive fundraising over the last two years that has helped so many sick children and their families at Bristol Children’s Hospital.”

Julie Hembrough, Work Placement Coach at SGS College said:

“The tutors and students have been working tirelessly to prepare for these events and it is something we all look forward to each year.

"They really wanted to demonstrate their skills and put on a fantastic show. They did not disappoint. There were so many happy people enjoying the performances.

“We all feel extremely passionate about the brilliant work Southmead Hospital Charity, Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, Children's Hospice South West and Headway do. They are all fantastic and we are very proud to support them.

"This is my fourth year of arranging for students to perform to raise money for charity and increase their confidence and gain industry exposure.

"The support from Cabot Circus, The Galleries Shopping Centre and Broadmead has been remarkable. It's their busiest time of year yet they still were willing to support the students and we are grateful to them."

SGS College students work hard to engage with the local community. Each year the college’s connection with Southmead Hospital is growing. In December the art students were there running a pop-up shop selling their bespoke items, with all proceeds going to Southmead Hospital Charity. In addition to this each month the colleges hair students have been going into the hospital providing haircuts for staff and visitors, again every penny raised has gone to the charity.

Ian Riddle from Southmead Hospital Charity commented:

“We’ve been delighted to welcome back students from SGS College to perform at our Buskathon event, and this year for the first-time students have been selling their wonderful artwork at our Winter market in the hospital. Julie Hembrough at SGS College has been instrumental in helping us get the support from the huge range of students and course leaders at SGS College and as a result we have been really lucky to work with some great people.

“We’ve also set up a new venture with hairdressing students from SGS College who will be providing regular sessions in the hospital for staff.

“All of this has helped make the hospital a better place to be for patients, staff and visitors providing distraction and therapeutic opportunities through music, ultimately creating a greater sense of well-being.”

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