Brock Business students raise £500 for local causes with ‘Music and Mince Pies’ event

Brock Business students raise £500 for local causes with ‘Music and Mince Pies’ event

Event was attended by 90 members of the public.

Brockenhurst College Vocational Business students raised £500 for two local causes by organising a Christmas-themed public event called Music and Mince Pies.

The daytime function on December 8th was attended by 90 people at New Milton’s Forest Arts Centre.

All money raised will now be split equally between the Forest Arts Centre and New Forest Mencap.

During the event there was range of musical performances, including ones by saxophone quartet Reeds and Coda Jazz.

These were followed by a festive sketch performed by members of the Gateway Club, which is run by New Forest Mencap.

In addition, a range of pop-up shops selling local craft items formed a Christmas market.

Stall holders included representatives from: Labelwell, Sally’s Little Beach Hut, New Forest Mencap, Louis Allen Jewellery and Xanadau.

Importantly, all guests were kept refreshed thanks to fresh mince pies, mulled wine and tea, which were free to everyone who had paid the £5 entry fee.

The second-year students, who study BTEC Business Level 3, supported stage management operations and compered the show.

They also organised a raffle, with all prizes donated by local businesses as well as staff and students from the College.

Student Gabriel Melillo said afterwards: “I had a lot of fun being part of the event as a technician for the show. The event was so lively, and it was amazing to see the smiles on everyone’s faces.”

Teacher Kay Blastland said: “The students worked extremely hard and have all gained first-hand experience of organising and running a successful event.

“We are indebted to the Forest Arts Centre and the Wessex Heritage Trust, who have supported us throughout this venture,” she added.