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The hugely popular Bury College BFEST returned for 2017 and raised an incredible £3,000 which will go towards a residential trip for Foundation Studies students.
Bury College staff and students, as well as local organsiations and businesses from the community, came together in order to make the fundraising festival the huge success it was. All the money raised will fund a once in a lifetime residential trip for students studying the New Horizons course, many of who have profound learning difficulties and disabilities.
The event welcomed a variety of interactive stalls and activities including archery and golf, face and body painting, yoga, food and drink, samba workshop and a small petting zoo. Bury College music students performed throughout the day and the college’s Student Action Group were on hand to help raise money.
A number of organisations supported the great cause by donating either their time and resources or prizes for the raffle. These businesses included; Bury Football Club, Clintons Millgate, Bury Athletics Club, Manchester United, Rochdale Football Club, Smithills Farm, Lowry Outlet, Marks and Spencer, Boots, The Perfume Shop, Millies Cookies, The Make-up Store (Millgate Shopping Centre), Breakout Manchester, Club Arcade, DSUK and Chillfactore.
Supporting schools that attended on the day included Salford City College Eccles Centre, Redwood School in Rochdale, Tameside College, Persona and Firwood High School in Bolton.
Visitor Andrew Allan from Ansar Projects, an organisation which supports individuals with learning disabilities in Bury, attended the event with a young person that he cares for. Andrew said of the festival, “I think this is a really good event for the local community and it’s a great opportunity to build self-esteem for young people involved or who are attending.”
The students were delighted to raise funds via paid entry and raffle fees alone, however the key donation came from local employer Timeware UK Ltd from Rochdale, who donated a phenomenal £2,600.
Adam Grundy, Bury College New Horizons tutor and lead organiser of BFEST said, “Our annual foundation department’s music festival ‘BFEST’ was a fantastic success. It was a great team effort from all over the college with our Foundation, Animal Care, Music, Catering, Hair and Beauty and Sports departments all coming together to make it a great occasion. Everybody was wearing smiles on the day and we even managed to raise over £3000 which will be going towards our New Horizons students residential next academic year.”