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Fashion student's charity adventure helps struggling families

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Mental wealth module embedded in every degree course

MA international fashion student Chloe Charlton has completed a fundraising walking challenge around Padley Gorge in the Peak District. With the help of their sponsors, she and her friends raised £600 for the Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust.

The project was part of the Level 7 Mental Wealth module which gives each student the opportunity to develop their own projects of their interests.

The Mental Wealth module is a unique facet of a UEL degree. It is aimed at enhancing soft skills, such as critical thinking, emotional intelligence and resilience, alongside practical skills, such as digital proficiency and industry connections.

Together, these “human” skills will be vital for careers of an increasingly digital future, so UEL has embedded them into the heart of every degree. They count towards students’ final qualifications and form part of a student’s career passport, which shows employers the range of skills a candidate can offer.

Fashion students have taken on projects such as competitions, websites and fashion events. Chloe instead chose something very different.

She said: “My theme is wellbeing and I wanted to do something to help others during the pandemic. I chose to go down the route of fundraising work. I was recommended to check out the Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust by a friend and loved it.”

The trust gives grants to help the children of UK fashion and textile workers who may be struggling financially.

Chloe said, “I chose to organise a fundraising walk for the charity. The walk went better than I thought. It was our first-time walking through Padley Gorge in the Peak District, so it was exciting to see the beautiful views they had.

“Despite the lovely warm weather, it wasn’t too busy. We took photos along on the way of the stunning backdrop to document our journey. At times the paths were narrow and cobbled, we walked up hills and climbed up a few rocks. Some parts of the trail were muddy and some of the rocks were slippery. However, we all supported each other in our group of five.

Following your passion

“Also, it was nice to be able to meet up with people outdoors and socialise with family and friends we hadn’t seen in a long time. After the walk there was a great sense of achievement. We felt proud to have completed it for a good cause and are grateful for all the money we raised and celebrated with a takeaway."

Anna Pangbourne, chief executive of Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust, said, “We have been blown away by Chloe’s enthusiasm from start to finish. Chloe put together her fundraising event and gathered support, raising £600 for our charity. Her generous sponsorship will soon be put to work, providing essential items for children of fashion and textile workers across the UK, who are struggling.”

Kent Le, programme director of the MA International Fashion Business said, “This module allows students customise their learning journey depending on their interests or passions.

“We all know the fashion industry has gone through a very challenging year this year due to the pandemic and children of garment workers will suffer the most due to temporary closure of stores across the world.

“This once more time shows the ethos of the programme that staff and students have been building over the years: a little kindness goes a long way - to a brighter and better future for us all.”

To find out more about our mental wealth and professional fitness modules, see our web pages.

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