14+ Appenticeship Academy students raise over £1,000 for charity

A couple of aspirational students from Leeds City College’s 14+ Apprenticeship Academy organised a successful charity event last week, raising over £1,000 for Nephrotic Syndrome Trust (NeST).

Bethany Denison, who suffers from Nephrotic Syndrome (NS), and Elliot Carroll led on creating and organising the event that took place at Park Lane Campus, as part of a Year 11 Citizenship project.

They approached local businesses to donate raffle prizes, which resulted in generous donations from Boots, The Body Shop, Everyman Cinema and Wok and Go, among others. The 15 year olds also worked with the rest of their peers to organise entertainment for the evening, which included a dance performance, a band and catering, all by year 11 students.

Bethany said: “It was a night to remember, we had a great turn out for the event, from family and friends to fellow NS sufferers and general public. The money raised will hopefully go towards finding a cure for this debilitating condition. I’ve suffered from it since I was a baby and I have to go through regular treatment that can make day to day activities a real struggle.”

Elliot added: “We wanted to raise awareness of this rare illness to everyone at college and the local community and I believe this event really helped. Everyone had fun and it’s something we would love to do again.”

The students’ teachers and staff were impressed with the duo’s hard work, dedication and commitment to the event.

Lewis Freer, Deputy Head of the 14+ Apprenticeship Academy, said: “We’re extremely proud of the Year 11 students, particularly Bethany and Elliot, who showed true leadership qualities since the planning stages back in October. They delivered an excellent event and raised vital funds for such a worthy cause.”

Bethany and Elliot will now be concentrating on revising for their GCSEs, which they will be sitting this summer.