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12 students from Chancellors School in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire, raised over £2,000 for the Royal Veterinary College charity, the Animal Care Trust (ACT), helping them to fund a vital piece of veterinary equipment. The money was raised as part of the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s annual Dragons Apprentice Challenge, in which students were tasked with turning £100 into £1000 (or more) for local charities.
The Chancellors’ Team raised the funds over a six month period through a variety of cake sales, concerts, school events as well as a dinner at Brookmans Park Golf Club. The fundraising efforts enabled the RVC to invest in a piece of equipment used to facilitate the separation of plasma from red blood cells, which ensures that donated blood is used as efficiently as possible.
Students selected the Animal Care Trust as its chosen charity after being assigned Nadja Hale, Head of Fundraising at the Royal Veterinary College, as their ‘Dragon’, who they could go for help and advice with their business planning and fundraising as part of the challenge.
She invited the students to visit the Royal Veterinary College where they toured the College’s Small Animal Hospital and learnt about the Pet Blood Donor Service and the work that the ACT do.
Nadja Hale, Head of Fundraising at the Royal Veterinary College, commented:
“I was so impressed by the dedication and determination of the students at Chancellors School. They learned so much through the process and have made a fantastic contribution which will benefit some of the sickest animals we see at the Royal Veterinary College.”
Photo notes: Pictured left to right are Nadja Hale, Karen Humm (RVC Senior Lecturer in Emergency and Critical Care, Claire Marshall (RVC Blood Transfusion Nurse) and the team from Chancellors School; Izzy Argyrides, Lewis Salmon, Zoe Tomlinson, Patrycja Koziara, Hindia Andries, Hana Salih, Tanya Goel, William Day and Heather Woodcock.
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