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GC Sixth Form students raise nearly £400 in just two and half hours for the British Heart Foundation

7 November 2016
Image representing GC Sixth Form students raise nearly £400 in just two and half hours for the British Heart Foundation

By Katy Stephens, GC Professional Development Coach

On Friday 7th of October, GC students at Cheltenham Sixth Form were involved in a British Heart Foundation Day.

They started the day by learning the shocking consequences of cardiovascular disease across the UK and why it is so important to live an active, healthy lifestyle.

The British Heart Foundation is the biggest funder of cardiovascular research in the UK, with over £100 million in funding a year! Which has allowed them to produce pioneering techniques in hospitals. This is the reason why fundraising for this charity is so important.  


  •      425 people will lose their lives to CVD
  •      More than 100 people will be younger than 75
  •      7 million people fight their daily battles with CVD
  •      515 people will go to hospital with a heart attack
  •      190 people will die from a heart attack
  •      12 babies will be born with a heart defect





The students learned the key skills of CPR using CPR dummies and the British Heart Foundation ‘How to’ guide. Subsequently, we hope they now know the basic procedure for saving a life. 

They were then set the task of fundraising for the British Heart Foundation, who coincidentally is one of Gloucestershire College's nominated charities.

With the huge incentive to raise money for this wonderful charity, the students were divided up into three teams, of approximately ten students in each team. They were given three hours for planning, lunch and fundraising.

Immediately students began to plan exactly what they were going to do. They drew beautiful posters in a very short amount of time to display around the College and take into Cheltenham to advertise the events they were organising.

One of the students called her manager at the confectionary retailer Thornton’s and asked for samples to give out in Cheltenham in return for donations. Another group approached The Ultimate Party Shop and were given a bunch of red balloons to hand out for those who donated.

The other group held little cake sales and guess the size of the teddy bear competitions. They spent two hours in Cheltenham town centre, wrapped up warm on a cold, damp day. The students were friendly and amenable which give them the ability to approach people and explain what they were doing, they proved to be an absolute asset to the College!

A huge overall total of £379.43 was raised by students simply using their initiative. They should be immensely proud of their achievement in such a short quantity of time. The College would like to say a huge well done to all involved, an absolutely incredible accomplishment. The British Heart Foundation will be delighted with the amount raised as it will go towards more brilliant research to save lives.

Well Done! 


Pictured above are the team of GC sixth formers who raised the most money for BHF on the day.

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