Varsity Cheque presentation

Plymouth students raise a pile of charity cash

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Students from rival universities went head-to-head to raise thousands of pounds in charity cash.

The annual varsity event run by Plymouth University and the University of St Mark and St John raised £12,474.

The sporting event involved 300 students from each institution competing in a range of sports.
The main fundraising came from matches held at Plymouth Albion RFC and Plymouth Argyle FC where thousands of tickets were sold.

Dave De-Beger, vice president (sports) at Plymouth University students' union, said: "It has been a privilege to work with so many students, competing and non-competing, not just to raise money but also awareness of some great charities with local connections.
"Alongside this we got to see some outstanding performances from both institutions and I was proud to be part of the event."

This year the money will go to the Chestnut Appeal and the Motor Neurone Disease Association in support of the Simon Adams Trust.

Charlie Smith, deputy president of Marjon Students' Union, said: "Although the overall result was disappointing, Marjon excelled in many of its specialist sports.
"With a great result for the Marjon swim team, along with both the male and female football teams.
"Varsity is a special sporting event that gives both institutions the opportunity to showcase their sporting talents while raising money for charities that are chosen by the universities."

The presentation of the cheques took place earlier this week.
Lesley-Ann Simpson, Chestnut Appeal director, said: "A massive thank you to Plymouth University and to Marjon for raising a staggering £6,237 for the charity during varsity week.
"This fantastic amount will go towards funding our brand new chestnut prostate cancer nurse.
"What a wonderful achievement, and to raise this amount of money is very welcomed by the Chestnut Appeal.
"Thank you so much for all your support, it means a great deal to us."

Plymouth University won the overall event in February by beating University Marjon 30 points to 16.
The annual event has grown over the last eight years and has now raised almost £100,000 for charity.


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