University of Leeds Students Embark on Fundraising Week for Local Charities

Big-hearted students from the University of Leeds’ RAG Society are aiming to raise thousands of pounds for the city’s small charities from 3-9 November.

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Fundraising events during RAG Week (3 - 9 November) include a sponsored abseil down the Michael Sadler building at the heart of the University campus, a Leeds Has Talent show, showcasing the best of Leeds’ performance societies, and #RAGSelfie, an Instagram selfie competition.

Beneficiaries

Last year students raised over £13,000 for the Leeds RAG Community Fund, which gives grants to Leeds charities with an annual turnover of less than than £100,000 - many of which do not receive regular donations.  

Among the beneficiaries is Sunshine and Smiles, a support network for families in Leeds with children and young people with Down Syndrome who received a grant from the Leeds RAG Community Fund in 2014. The backing enabled the network to develop and grow its speech and language sessions which are vital to the support it delivers.  

Liz Egan, the Leeds RAG community fund coordinator, said: “The fund is an initiative that we have been running for over ten years, but has only recently developed to its full potential. It helps small, Leeds charities that cannot rely on regular donations and each year it is wonderful to see the difference that the grants make.”  

About Leeds RAG

Leeds RAG, the official fundraising body of Leeds University Union and one of the University of Leeds’ largest and oldest societies, is one way that Leeds students can become part of, and contribute to, the local community.  

George Bradley, Community Officer at Leeds University Union, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, commented: “RAG Week is a fantastic initiative for students to get involved in through a variety of events, activities and challenges. It helps to break the University bubble that many students live in, and make them aware of issues in the wider local community.”  

Last year RAG was the largest society at Leeds University Union, with over 1000 members raising more than £270,000 for a range of charities including Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds, Save the Children & the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.  

For more information about RAG Week, please contact Leeds RAG secretary and marketing coordinator Chloe McDonald on secretary@leedsrag.org.uk or 07715 177695.