The students of Plymouth University, through The University of Plymouth Students’ Union (UPSU) have raised £232,799.57 for charity this year through a wide range of amazing activities, events and promotions. Fundraising at Plymouth University is run by the Students’ Union with dedicated staff supporting students new and innovative ways of fundraising.
From leg waxing, dodgeball tournaments, 24 hour trampolining, growing moustaches, monkey sky diving and robot football; Plymouth University students have tried it all in aid of a good cause to raise money for 10 international and 38 British charities. 13 of which were based in the South West and 8 of those from the Plymouth area. When supporting national charities students often chose their donations to go to local Plymouth projects.
Sarah Bowman, University of Plymouth Students’ Union President commented:
“It’s absolutely incredible to see such an amazing figure raised by Plymouth University students. A huge congratulations to every single student that has taken part in fundraising this year with the Students’ Union. It’s great to see students taking on extra challenges even whilst being able to juggle studies; they are really giving back to the community”
Medical charities remain the most popular cause to support amongst our students, with a shift towards medical conditions that affect the young adult age bracket. Cancer Research UK is the highest funded UK medical charity, whereas our students have concentrated their support on charities researching prostate and blood cancers, which are more prevalent in 18-25 year olds.
We’ve seen 103 students, who were signed up by Raise and Give (RAG), raise over £2000 each to climb Kilimanjaro or Everest Base Camp this September. New challenges have been completed through the activities, Jailbreak, the Arctic Adventure and Bust. Jailbreak even had one team escape as far as Croatia in 36 hours.
As well as this, Movember has continued to be a huge success, with Plymouth having the second highest signups of all UK Universities. We had 32 brave students dressed in monkey onesies jump 15,000ft for the Flying Monkey Skydive to raise money for Wild Futures and their flagship project, the Monkey Sanctuary. Students rallied together in the aftermath of the Philippine typhoon to put on a variety of events to raise funds for the disaster relief appeal and we saw the biggest donation yet go to Children In Need, where our students even featured on the BBC for all their fundraising efforts.