Several students from Coleg Llandrillo utilised their combined business skills to support a veterans' charity in its bid to raise much-needed monies at two fundraising events.

The group, who are all studying the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business at the college's Rhos-on-Sea campus, spent weeks putting together a business plan to aid the Blind Veterans UK charity.

They had to plan, prepare and help the blind veterans organise two Burns Night events in Llandudno and Chester. The enterprising team of students initially sourced donations from several local businesses, which were eventually raffled off at the charity evenings.

They then set about putting together a promotional campaign, which included designing and printing a range of posters and adverts to promote the events. They also attended the events, where they sold raffle tickets. The charity eventually raised over £1,500 in total.

One of the students, 20-year-old Tom Cooper from Rhyl, said:

We had great fun helping such a great cause, whilst learning a lot about the charitable things that they do. We really enjoyed our visits to the blind veterans' training and rehabilitation centre in Llandudno. We especially liked talking to veteran Billy; his stories were amazing.

Tom was joined in the project by classmates Ben Roberts, 21, from Penrhyn Bay, Tom Robins, 18, from Rhuddlan and Harry Harding, 19, from Conwy.

Victoria Beech, regional fundraiser for Blind Veterans UK, said:

I would like to say a big thank you to all the students who were involved in the fundraising evenings. The events raised over £1,500 in total: just under a £1,000 at the St George's Hotel in Llandudno and over £600 at Rowton Hall in Chester.

One of the blind veterans, Billy, said:

The students from Coleg Llandrillo showed a real interest in the charity and it was a pleasure to show them around the centre. They asked lots of questions to ensure they had plenty of information about the work that Blind Veterans UK does, particularly here at the Llandudno centre. This enabled them to pass that information on to attendees at both events, which I'm sure helped them with their fundraising. They came across as very professional and confident.

Stephanie Harding, lecturer in Business at Coleg Llandrillo, said:

Not only did this provide a good opportunity for the students to help a well-known and important local charity, it also gave them practical skills in event management in support of their business course.

Blind Veterans UK helps ex-servicemen and women of every generation rebuild their lives after sight loss. Since 1915, it's provided rehabilitation, training, practical advice and emotional support to tens of thousands of blind veterans.

For more information on Coleg Llandrillo's range of Business courses, call the college's Learner Services team on 01492 542 338 or visit