Opportunities to get out and about for our travel and tourism students hasn’t been easy since term started in September.
A subject area that prides itself on its many educational trips, visits and industry guest speakers has been severely hampered by the Coronavirus pandemic this year and all the restrictions this has placed on the students’ learning this term.
Staff at Guildford College have worked tirelessly over the past few months to ensure that each student has been able to engage with learning whilst keeping safe under what has been, at times, extremely challenging conditions.
So, when travel and tourism students were set a group project to come up with an innovative way to raise funds for a chosen charity, they put their thinking caps on and got creative!
Working within all Covid safety guidelines and in small groups, the students designed a sponsored selfie treasure hunt set around tourist attractions in London.
Walking between 16 well-known tourist venues, taking selfies as they went as evidence of their attendance, the students walked around 10 miles during the challenge!
They have been collecting sponsorship via their Just Giving page on behalf of Katharine House Hospice, and currently at over £900, have already collected over double their original target of £400.
Hannah Lehman, Community and Events Fundraising Assistant at Katharine House Hospice, said: “All of us at Katharine House were delighted to see Guildford College’s Just Giving page pledging to raise money for Katharine House.
“A big thank you to the travel and tourism students for supporting us this way, a great and very original idea for fundraising.”
Mandy France, Travel and Tourism tutor at Guildford College, said: “This term we have missed our wonderful local industry guest speakers and haven’t been able to plan group visits due to the pandemic. However, set with a challenge of raising money for Katharine House, the students came up with this creative sponsorship idea.
“They successfully combined fundraising with learning and had a memorable day out in London, all working within the current safety guidelines.
“I am immensely proud of our students, especially as they smashed their fundraising target of £400 on day one!”
Travel and Tourism student, Jack Travers, said: “We are so pleased we were able to do this, it’s a great course and our tutors have been working so hard to ensure we’re getting the best experience under the circumstances.
The selfie treasure hunt fundraiser was brilliant fun and we certainly learned a lot during the day! I’m proud we have managed to raise so much for such a worthy cause.”
If you would like to sponsor the travel and tourism students at Guildford College and support Katharine House Hospice, please visit their Just Giving page: https://bit.ly/2KfCiR1
For more information about the Travel and Tourism courses we offer, click here.