Chester student Society receives national award for its fundraising efforts

Posted on 23rd August 2018

A Chester Students’ Union Society has been named the Most Improved Student Fundraising Group in national awards that recognise the best in student clubs and societies.

Rotaract Society winners.
Rotaract Society winners.

The University of Chester Rotaract Society received the award at the National Fundraising Awards, which were held at the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol this week. They beat off stiff competition from other much larger student groups.

The group raised over £3,000 in 2017/18, a significant increase from £100 in 2016/17.

The Rotaract Society works with many different charities, such as Purple Community Fund and Chester Aid for the Homeless (CATH) and in December, members raised £245 for the annual CATH Sleep-out. 

The Society works closely with local Rotarary Clubs, to maximise the work they do for the community and local charities. A small society with only 20 members, the family ethos has enabled the Society to drive forward in 2017/18.

Emma White, President of the Rotaract Society, said: “We are all overwhelmed to receive the award and so proud of all the hard work we’ve put in this last academic year to even be shortlisted. This has proved that membership numbers hasn’t stopped us from making a big impacts in our local community and global projects.”

Sarah Latham, Student Activities Manager at Chester Students’ Union, said: “We’re so proud of the Rotaract Society and the positive impact they are making. This is a fantastic achievement.”