Max the Cash 2014 with cheque P1011863Pictured in the garden at Michael Sobell Hospice: Melissa Bridge, Travel and Tourism lecturer; students Chloe Cody and Leah Kiss; Sharon McCann, Volunteering and Citizenship Co-ordinator at Uxbridge College; Geraint Hughes, Corporate and Trusts Fundraising Manager Michael Sobell Hospice; Carol Weston, Nurse Team Manager at Michael Sobell Hospice; Jackie Bowden from Basepoint; student Thuraiya Hadji, & Eva Christodoulou, Basepoint Centre Manager.

Students who helped raise a total of £1,074 to support people with life-limiting illnesses presented the money to staff at Michael Sobell Hospice.

The three students were members of one of 15 ‘Max the Cash’ teams from Uxbridge College who set up fundraising businesses supported by sponsorship funds of £750 kindly donated by Basepoint Business Centres, which also match funded the profits. Basepoint provides flexible workspace at locations around the country, including Field End Road, Eastcote.

Travel and Tourism students Leah Kiss, Thuraiya Hadji and Chloe Cody raised money through activities including car washing and selling ice cream and raised the highest amount out of all the teams – around £250.

The money will support the work of Michael Sobell Hospice at Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, which provides end of life care for the local community. The students visited the hospice to present the cheque, along with their tutor Melissa Bridge and Uxbridge College’s Volunteering and Citizenship Co-ordinator Sharon McCann, and Basepoint’s Eva Christodoulou and Jackie Bowden.

Geraint Hughes in the hospice’s Fundraising team, said: “We are so pleased that Uxbridge College students have again employed their energies on our behalf with Basepoint Eastcote’s financial backing for their enterprise. This is a fine example of how different sectors of the local community can come together and produce such a positive outcome and a helpful boost to our fundraising.”

Eva Christodoulou from Basepoint said: “All the students should be proud of their success. Basepoint are extremely happy to be match funding their total money raised, with their ‘Max the Cash’ scheme. Sobell House is a wonderful hospice; it gives us great pleasure to be involved with the charity and help raise donations. Well done to all the students at Uxbridge College, for all their hard work and enthusiasm.”

Sharon McCann said: “All the students involved did a fantastic job coming up with ideas, running sales and events and supporting this very valuable charity. It was particularly impressive to see how Leah, Thuraiya and Chloe used their creativity, motivation and skills to raise the highest amount from each of the teams. Uxbridge College runs a very varied range of community-based activities and continues to welcome new organisations to work in partnership.”

This is the second year that Uxbridge College and Michael Sobell Hospice have been partners in the Max the Cash challenge, this year kindly supported by Basepoint.