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University musical helps to raise thousands for charity

University students' musical raised £7,700 for 4Sight Vision Support based in Bognor Regis


A MUSICAL by students from the University of Chichester has raised thousands of pounds for a West Sussex charity which cares for visually-impaired people.

Copacabana, devised from Barry Manilow’s hit songs, helped to raise more than £7,700 for 4Sight Vision Support, based in Bognor Regis.

The performance, led by the University’s musical theatre students and undergraduates from its charity development degree, also broke the all-time ticket-sale record at the town’s Alexandra Theatre, where it was hosted in March.

It was part of a number of activities led by the fundraising students since January to raise money for 4Sight Vision Support, which currently cares for 3,000 people across the region.

More than 18 grant applications have also been submitted by the students to various charitable foundations.

University tutor Jane Galloway said: “We only need a couple of these applications to be successful for us to reach our £20,000 target. I have all my fingers and toes crossed.”


Nearly £8,000 has been raised by the Charity Development students for 4Sight Vision

The University’s charity development BA (Hons) is the world’s first degree in fundraising.

The course, accredited by the Institute of Fundraising, offers students an opportunity to learn skills needed by successful fundraisers, including marketing, planning, event management, and public speaking.

Course leader Donna Day Lafferty said: “The intention is to expose students to as much best practice and real-life fundraising as possible.”

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