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University of Chester students have raised more than £30,000 for charity this academic year, through the Chester Students’ Union (CSU) Sports and Societies.

A total of 52 local and national worthy causes have benefited from the students’ fundraising efforts, including cancer, stroke, alzheimer’s and heart research organisations; homelessness and mental health charities; hospices and Comic Relief. The final total was an incredible £30,399.54.

Among the sports and societies which fundraised are:

  • Netball, who raised more than £3,100 for a wide variety of charities; and a ‘Netball run together’ event in collaboration with Active Cheshire.
  • Cheerleading, who raised £2,247.65 for Breast Cancer Now, Samaritans, Chester Aid to the Homeless (CATH), and MEAction. The sports club organised a charity fundraiser every month. They wore a certain colour, that represented that month’s charity, to training. They also took part in the sponsored sleep-out in December, raising £1,181.50 for that event alone.
  • Running Club members took part in a triathlon they organised, raising £1,208.94 for Claire House Children's Hospice.
  • Drama’s fundraising total was £3,145. They put on three shows of Chicago: The Musical, which raised £1,066: £533 each, for the Stroke Association and St David's Hospice in Llandudno. They also put on a comedy night in CH1 called ‘The Roast of Tiago’ and raised £127.50 for the British Heart Foundation.
  • Orchestra raised £1,091 for Mind and Comic Relief. Events included a Coffee and Cake rehearsal for Mind.
  • Law organised a charity football tournament with 140 participants. Twenty-three teams raised £325.80 to Milking it for Money; Cheshire Rethink and Cheshire Without Abuse.
  • Warrington Mixed Netball raised £166 through a charity Christmas market. They put on a family friendly event at the University’s Bar2010, for the Alzheimer's Society.
  • Warrington Women’s Football raised £200 for Mind through holding a charity quiz in Bar2010.

Rebecca Greatbatch, President of the Running Club, said: “As President, I can easily say that we have achieved a lot this year. We’ve only been established three years, but I believe this year has been our stand out year so far.

“We set charity as one of our main goals for the academic year, having not raised money as a club previously. We set ourselves a target of £500. We decided to challenge ourselves physically, to take a stance in the name of charity. 

“Back in October we took on a swim, bike, row and run, for Claire House Children’s Hospice. Nine members of the club took to the challenge, and I couldn't have been a prouder President. I was not only proud of the members taking part but other members came down on the day to encourage and support their fellow Club members in the best form of sportsmanship.

“Throughout the tiredness, sweat and tears, morale remained high. It was an individual challenge with the most supportive team behind you. This morale was heightened when we broke the £1,000 fundraising barrier during the event!

“The Club this year has been amazing and the members have been closer than ever. The pride I have for every member of the Club goes beyond words. We have finished the year with over £2,000 raised for amazing charities, which is unbelievable. We have established ourselves solidly this year and I know we can only get better from here on in.”

The Sports and Societies also volunteered and assisted in the local community.

  • Orchestra held ‘Time for Change', a campaign day in the Chester Students’ Union café and spent an afternoon at Upton Dene Residential and Nursing Home, where they played for residents.
  • Ultimate Frisbee held a cheese and wine night for residents at Sarl-Williams Court in Garden Lane, in Chester.
  • The Spanish Society worked with charity Post Pals, sending letters to sick children and their siblings.

Gemma Smith, President of the Orchestra Society, said: “Orchestra, as a society, has done some amazing events this year, for both charity and our local community. I am extremely proud of the effort and enthusiasm every member has put in to make this happen and winning ‘Society of The Year’ reflects everyone’s hard work and dedication. Planning and creating our events has been a lot of fun and being able to help people through raising money and giving time was a great privilege.”

Daryl Blair, President of the Drama Society, said: “Raising over £3,000 for charity with amazing events makes this year a year that our members will never forget.”

Rio Hall, Vice-President (Activities) at Chester Students’ Union, said: “We are so proud of the excellent volunteering and fundraising efforts of all of the University’s Sports and Societies. Each year, they work so hard to give back to local and national charities. Our total this academic year is £30,399.54. Our thanks go to each and every student who worked so hard to make this happen.”

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