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Those from the University’s sports and societies teams have been holding events and actively raising money for their respective charities across Chester and Warrington. Over 29 charities have benefitted from their contributions.

The University’s Cheerleading squad held a charity fundraiser every month by wearing a particular colour to training sessions to represent a specific charity. Throughout October, squad members wore pink in aid of Breast Cancer Now; November saw the squad wear red for MEAction and in December they wore green for Chester District Samaritans, raising a total of over £160. The squad also took part in the ‘Sleep Out for the Homeless’ in December, raising £1,181.

The University’s Netball team has raised over £1,628 after taking part in Hell Runner, ‘Sleep Out for the Homeless’, various fundraiser nights and bucket collections. Rio Hall, aged 20, from Peel on the Isle of Man, is the Club Captain. She said: “We have participated in many events for charity this year, including charity netball tournaments. So far, we have raised money for Papyrus; Mind; British Heart Foundation; Chester Aid to the Homeless; Dementia UK and Breast Cancer Awareness. The Club has many more events coming up throughout this term, including a sponsored run for Manchester Children’s Hospital and our annual Take Me Out event, which is in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.”

Warrington Mixed Netball organised a Christmas Market at the Warrington Campus, raising £166 for Alzheimer's Society. Rachel Martin, aged 21, from Durham, is the Warrington Mixed Netball President. She said: “We have been raising money for Alzheimer's Society. So far we have organised a charity Christmas market and we are completing a sponsored run this month. As the Team Captain, it is great to see everyone working together to raise money for a great cause and we hope to carry this on throughout the year.”

The Orchestral Society has raised an impressive £1,065 from different events, such as its Children In Need party, busking, the Annual Christmas Concert, a raffle and taking part in Operation Christmas Child Shoebox. Gemma Smith, aged 21, from Stafford, is President of the Orchestral Society. She said “We, as a Society, are thrilled with how successful we have been with our charity and community work so far this year. With the money we raise, we have supported Nordoff Robbins for the past five years and the money goes directly to helping disadvantaged adults and children through music therapy. We hope to continue our passion for supporting charities in different ways.”

The Drama Society also held its annual performance and this year made a musical showcase called Play Your Decade Right, which raised £1,111 from ticket sales and donations. Members also raised over £2,000 with their Christmas Show and Danceathon for Children In Need.

Sarah Latham, Student Activity Manager, Chester Students’ Union, said: “We actively encourage all our sports and societies to raise and give across the Chester community. It’s fantastic to see another strong term and we hope to match our record this year.”

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