Music Performance and Fashion Higher Education students at Rotherham College collaborated to develop and manage an event to raise money for Kidney Care UK, a charity that aims to improve the lives of people with kidney disease throughout the country, by offering support and advice to them, their families and kidney units.

Olivia Greenwood is a degree-level music student and chose the charity because she received a kidney transplant just over a year ago which was her second procedure after her first failed.

Olivia comments “For three years, from 2013 until 2016, I dialysed three times a day. It took over my life and unless you have personal experience of kidney failure or dialysis you just can’t appreciate how unwell you are. I wanted to give something back to Kidney Care UK as whenever I needed help the charity was there for me. Whether I needed help planning holidays or travelling while on dialysis, or had questions that my GP or renal team couldn’t answer, I was always able to get the information I needed from Kidney Care UK.”

The event was Walk of Life, a fashion show to celebrate both fashion and music through the decades. Fashion students created both classic and interpretive pieces to represent iconic fashion eras from the 1950s to 1990s, while Music Performance students played well-known hits for each fashion walk.

The organisation of the event has taken six months to prepare, with students working together to cover design, music production, marketing and budget management.

Jake Jones, a student studying Popular Music Performance said, “For anyone who is thinking of buying a ticket, you’ll not only contribute to a great cause but will experience live music and creative fashion through the ages, as well as get the chance to win a prize in our raffle.”

Student’s efforts of creating Walk of Life has raised over £600 for the charity. A representative from Kidney Care UK said, “Thank you so much to everyone involved! We receive no government funding, so every donation helps us to provide support for more kidney patients throughout the UK.”

Students from Music Performance collaborated with Fashion students to create a fundraiser fashion show to celebrate fashion and music through the decades

Walk of Life
BA (Hons) in Popular Music Performance and Production

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