Students raise money for charity

A children’s charity has been bowled over by the generosity of students in Wrexham.

The students from Glyndwr University have organised a fund-raising event at Tenpin at the Eagles Meadow shopping centre, in Wrexham.

The party evening on Tuesday, February 7, will be one of the first events of this year‘s traditional students’ fundraising Rag Week.

According to Wrexham Student Guild Vice President Emma Humphreys the evening will be a fun night for families as well as students.

She said: “We are thrilled that Tenpin at Eagles Meadow were able to support us and help raise funds for our charity of the year.

“This year we are supporting Buttle UK, a national charity, which aims to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people in need.

“Tenpin has agreed to half-price bowling, some drinks and a DJ to help make it a real party atmosphere. We are also having party games, as well as the bowling, with plenty of prizes to be won.

“I want to encourage everyone to come down to Tenpin at Eagles Meadow and help us raise a serious amount of cash for a really worthy cause as well as helping make this year’s Rag Week an event to remember.”

Wrexham Student Guild President, Adam Fuller, says Buttle UK really is a charity worth the support of students.

He said: “The charity helps and supports young people to secure a safe and secure school environment, provides essential items for children and young people suffering in extreme circumstances and generally makes a real difference to the lives of children and young people in need.

“We asked students to nominate charities they wished to support and we actually had several who nominated Buttle UK and after looking at the charity’s ethos and programmes the decision was taken that this year Buttle UK is the charity we will support through our Rag Week.

“We held a bowling night at Tenpin, Eagles Meadow as part of Fresher Week and that proved really popular. I’m sure our Rag Week event will be even bigger and better.

“We would be grateful to any individuals or firms that would like to donate prizes for the event although I have to say Tenpin have been absolutely brilliant.”

He added: “As students here at Wrexham Glyndwr University we want to welcome the public to join us for a fun-filled party at Tenpin on Tuesday, February 7th.

“Please come down, join in and help us raise cash for such a worthy cause.”

Tenpin Sales Manager Janet Masters says the charity event will be something families can really enjoy.

She said: “We were delighted to be able to help Wrexham students as part of their Rag Week fundraising by offering them half-price bowling, some drinks and a real part atmosphere.

“We are also delighted to be able to support such a good cause as Buttle UK which does so much amazing work with disadvantaged children right across the UK.”

And Tenpin, Eagles Meadow has set Thursdays aside as their regular charity evenings.

Janet Masters added: “We will be pleased to work with any registered charity and even offer free bowling. However, I must stress we can only help registered charities and I need to have a month’s notice.

“We are keen to work with the community and charities and will do all we can to help.”

Spokesman for national charity Buttle UK, Richard Barron says he is delighted Wrexham students are supporting them through their Rag Week fundraising events.

He said: “We really are thrilled. Buttle UK has been working with children and young people across the UK since the 1950’s. Nowadays we help a lot of young people in North Wales through our small grants programme.

“There are always families who simply cannot afford a cooker, beds, a fridge or other vital household goods and we will step in when they have exhausted all the statutory bodies and avenues.

“We have also helped a number of young people, aged 18 to 25, in North Wales through our Access for the Future Programme. We try to help those who have been long-term unemployed and have few prospects of getting a job and therefore being able to support themselves.

“Through a package of financial help it might be that we provide money for new clothes for an interview or cover transport costs. Equally we may be able to pay the fees for a young person to attend vocational courses that could help them back into work.”

To donate prizes, or for further information about the fundraising bowling night, call Wrexham Students’ Guild on 01978 293225. To learn more about Tenpin’s Charity nights or to organise an event call Janet Masters on 01978 291 841.

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