Students raise more than £20,000 for charity in just one term!

Posted on 8th January 2018

Members of the University of Chester’s sports teams and societies have raised an incredible £21,170.49 for charity during the first term.

Netball team at Hell Runner
Netball team at Hell Runner

From the start of October until the end of term in December the students have hit the ground running, hosting their own events and being active members of the local community and raising almost double the amount than in the same time period last year.

The Netball team raised an impressive £3,190.35 by taking part in the gruelling Hell Runner event which collected £1,279.24 for Giddo's Gift, which was set up by Mandy Giddins whose 18-year-old son died last year after battling with Ewings Sarcoma and Movember, which supports men’s health projects. They also took part in annual sleep out for Chester Aid for the Homeless and raised £774 and hosted a night for Teenage Cancer Trust and raised £1,137.11.

The Events Society held a Winter Ball for charity Chester Women’s Aid at The Queen Hotel in Chester for students from across the University. From ticket sales and a raffle throughout the night they raised £1,371. The Events Society also worked alongside Cheshire West Council to put on several events in the community, for example the Christmas Lights Switch On in the city centre, which over 15,000 people attended. The Society also worked alongside the Council on another three Christmas parades and have received high praise for their success.

Photo:  Events Society Representatives from Chester Women's Aid with Events Society President, Chloe Claire; Vice-President, Lucy Kirkbride; Society Communications Officer, Rebecca Jack; Society Social Secretary, Emily Gould and Charity Officer, Megan Hassall.

The Pole Fitness Society ran a mental health awareness night in the Students’ Union and volunteered as charity street collectors for Marie Curie, raising over £458.00 for the charity.

Other events hosted and organised by sports and society members have been held throughout the term.

Photo:  Pole Fitness Society

Sarah Latham, Student Activities Manager at Chester Students’ Union, said: “Raising money for charity and working with the community is a big part of life at Chester Students’ Union.

“We are really proud with the amount of money the sports and societies have raised in the first term - a record breaking £11,500 more than last year.”