Hatters Party is a fundraising hit

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A group of Sheffield Hallam University students got a head start for a fundraising drive with a Mad Hatters’ Tea Party.

The final year undergraduates raised over £4,500 as part of their events managements course for one of their chosen charities - Help a Child Have a Chance.

The charity supports sick and disadvantaged children across South Yorkshire and the North Midlands.

The party was one of a series of events including Sheff Word, an event based on the television show Hell’s Kitchen hosted by a Gordon Ramsey lookalike, an evening at Genting Casino with Sheffield singer Paul Pashley and a race night.

Shirley Kilner, a trustee of Help a Child Have a Chance, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the amount raised from events put on by Hallam students.

“They came up with some fantastic, unique ideas and we are hugely grateful for their generosity.”

Course leader Jane Tattersall said: “Getting such real life experience is crucial for our students in becoming event professionals. They gain experience in client relationship and venue management, customer service, operation and project management as well as benefitting worthwhile charities.”