BTEC Talent Show raises £770 for Blood Bikes

Friday October 25, 2019

Blood Bikes are ‘riding high’ thanks to a £770 donation from students at Concord. The amount was raised by Concord’s Form 4 students who organised a talent show concert as part of their BTEC Music course. As well as organising and hosting the event, the BTEC students were also involved in planning, communications and marketing. A sell-out audience of 270 students and staff attended the charity show in aid of Blood Bikes, in the college theatre. Some 40 non-BTEC students took part in the 18 acts which ranged from dance and music to ‘tantalising’ magic. One of the organisers, Concord’s Miss Fiona Parry, who teaches chemistry, is also a Blood Bikes volunteer. Of the amount raised, she said: “We are absolutely thrilled – it is well in excess of anything we were expecting and will at least provide a set of tyres, fuel and insurance of the Blood Bike volunteers.” Chris Hyde, a Blood Bikes rider, controller and fundraiser, praised the students and staff who had made the concert such a success. “I was truly impressed by all the hard work that went into arranging the evening and by the fantastic talent that was on show – each and every one involved should be immensely proud. “Our volunteer-driven work is only possible due to the tremendous generosity of individuals, groups and organisations such as those at Concord. Without this support we would struggle to provide the high quality, professional service that can at times have such an impact on the health outcome of those unfortunate enough to be in hospital.” He added: “I have no doubt that those patients and families who, for the most part, don’t know we’ve been involved, would also send their thanks to the students for enabling us to be there in an hour of need.” Said Concord’s Head of Music Stavros Kokkinos: “I am very pleased that the BTEC Music students were able to support the Blood Bikes charity with their concert. “At a time when society can often feel divided and fractured, learning about charitable causes and fundraising is crucial in helping young people develop a heightened sense of responsibility about the world in which they live. “Besides instilling British values, giving and sharing also inspires kindness which in turn contributes to shaping empathic and compassionate global citizens with an ‘I can make a difference’ mindset.”