This year’s West Lothian College HNC Events class have raised over £2,500 by applying their knowledge to design, organise and host their own events.

The majority of funds raised will be donated to local charities, with the remaining being used to fund an educational trip for the events students.

A charity was chosen for each of the events, with the student teams creating an event concept and managing all aspects of the event from financial planning to marketing. Receiving no financial support, the teams raised funds to cover the costs of the events.

Events included a Facebook launch party for the charity Neil’s Hugs, a whisky tasting, a mad hatter’s tea party, a family quiz night and a Christmas fair. Some of the events were held in the college, with others using venues across West Lothian. The events received excellent attendance from college staff and students, and members of the wider community.

Charities chosen by the students to benefit from the funds raised at these events include Neil’s Hugs, the British Heart Foundation and the children’s ward at St John’s Hospital. The events were all a great success in raising funds for the chosen charities, with one individual event raising over £1,000.

Stephen Frew, Lecturer in Events at West Lothian College said: “Our events students have worked really hard this year creating these events and this has shown in both the quality of the events and the money raised for these local charities. The students work on a number of external events throughout their course but giving the students full responsibility over their own events really helps them to put into practice all the things they have learnt on their course.”