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BGU Students' Union shortlisted for national award for raising over £46,000 for charity

By RCousins_LE  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

Chris Robertson, former Raise and Give Officer and newly elected SU President

Chris Robertson, former Raise and Give Officer and newly elected SU President

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Bishop Grosseteste Students’ Union has been shortlisted for a national award after raising over £46,000 for charity.

It’s a finalist in the Most Improved Fundraising Group category at this year’s Find, Invest, Grow National Student Fundraising Awards.

Run by elected students to represent the interests of students, BGSU raised around £5,000 during the last academic year.

But this year has managed to raise an impressive £46,031.32.

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Chris Robertson, former Raise and Give Officer and newly elected SU President, said: “It’s amazing to see how far BGSU has come this year. To have raised almost 10 times more than last year’s amount and be nominated for a top award are both incredible achievements!

“I would like to thank everyone who has helped us either by taking part in an event or making a donation. We couldn’t have done it without your support.”

The money has been raised through a number of activities including a week-long hitch-hike from Lincoln to Croatia and a jailbreak challenge where students had to travel as far away from Lincoln as possible in 36 hours without any money; the winning team managed to travel to Paris.

The bulk of the cash was raised by a group of 41 students who went on a three-week volunteering trip to Romania to help teach English to children and renovate local buildings.

The group managed to collect over £37,000 thanks to individual donations and taking part in various fundraising events including sponsored sports matches and the Lincoln 10K.

Twelve different charities will benefit including Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and the Bishop Grosseteste University Foundation Fund.

The winners of the 2014 FIG National Student Fundraising Awards will be announced at a ceremony on August 27 at the National Railway Museum in York.

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