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Student’s raise over £2,500


Three Plymouth University students have raised over £2500 after losing their friend to cancer.

James Stone, Chris Stone and Tavis Yung’s friend Matthew Turner lost his battle with cancer on the 9th of February 2014. In memory of their friend the three Plymouth University students are preparing to embark on a journey to raise awareness and money for the University of Plymouth Students’ Union 'Raise and Give' society chosen charities: Teenage Cancer Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and RNLI.

James, Chris and Tavis said
“The three of us were very close to Matt, we shared many moments of fun, laughter and joy during the years we spent together at school and college, unfortunately we couldn’t be there for Matt’s final moments but he wasn’t alone. Matt had his family and two close friends Alistair Olive and Matthew Phillips by his side I thank them for being so strong during this ordeal” 

From 9am on the 21/02/14 the first year students along with many other students at Plymouth University will have 36 hours to travel as far away from the University without spending any money. Means of travel can be anything from hitchhiking to flying, during the 36 hours they will be raising money through donations from the public to go towards their charities and means of travel. They will be relying on the generosity of the public to provide lifts, train tickets or even flights to help get as far away from Plymouth University.

James said
“We are taking part in this event to raise money, awareness and to support the amazing work ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’ do, and to try and ensure that young students don’t have to experience what we have experienced in the future”

James, Chris and Tavis have already received over £2500 in donations in just 24 hours for their campaign in memory of their friend. Even receiving a donation from Premier League footballer James Ward-Prowse. Their original target of £2000 was smashed in less than 24 hours.

Chris said
“Due to the amazing generosity of everyone the target has been raised to an amazing £3,000! We still have loads of time left considering it took just 24 hours to hit £2000. A special thank you to James Ward-Prowse for his donation”.

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