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A GROUP of students donned onesies for a day and shed their inhibitions to take part in an open mic event at a Brentwood nightclub to raise money for a local hospice.

The students from the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at Havering College raised more than £400 for patient care at the Havering-atte-Bower based hospice.

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The seven students - based at the Brentwood Innovation Centre in Brentwood High Street - raised sponsorship by also running a tea club for classmates which employed the skills of fellow student and renowned coupon collector Jordon Cox who got the necessary beverages at nominal prices in order to maximise the money raised for the hospice.

Student Diana Johns said: At the beginning of our course we were asked to choose a charity we could support during the year and I had heard about the work of Saint Francis Hospice at a networking breakfast held in Brentwood so I suggested that, the group agreed and we began collecting money around Christmas. The open mic event at the Eclipse night club was pretty scary especially when I had to get up and perform a version of the Miley Cyrus song 'Wrecking Ball'.

Student Steven Pilditch added: "Everyone knows about the hospice so it was a good cause to raise money for."

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Havering College Assistant Principal for Business and Technology, Catherine Foley said: "These are the first group of students who will soon complete a one year BTEC Level 3 course in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship under our Peter Jones Enterprise Academy status. Their skills in raising money for this vital local charity will put them in good stead as they develop their business skills when they progress to university, run their own businesses or move into employment."

Peter Stremes, PR & Communications Manager at Saint Francis Hospice said: "We are so grateful to the effort these students have made to help raise money for us in our 30th anniversary year. We wish them all the best in their future studies and work."

Applications are now being taken for the Level 2 and Level 3 BTEC qualifications in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship starting at the Havering College Peter Jones Enterprise Academy this September. For details call Admissions on 01708 462801 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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