International business studies students have helped organise a local charity’s annual Christmas-themed fundraiser as part of their employability scheme.

Bath College partnered with Dorothy House Hospice Care for their seventh annual Santa and Elf Run, giving students the chance to get real-life event management experience.

The event attracted 300 people dressed in suitably festive attire, who then tackled either a 2.5k or 5k fun run in the hospice’s grounds.

The team of level three BTEC students handed out promotional flyers ahead of the event, marshalled, and ran activities for children and adults on the day, including a selfie tent.

The link-up was part of the college’s employability initiative, its Academy of Business, which prepares students for working life by giving them access to work placements and industry professionals.

A number of local organisations have signed up to offer placements, company visits, student mentoring and business talks, including Dorothy House, which provides support for people with life-limiting illnesses.

“The college is delighted that the students gained practical work experience while supporting a great local charity,” said Lucy Beattie, an employability advisor at Bath College.

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