Date: 16th Jun 2016
Students from Buckinghamshire New University have raised a total of £5,000 to support the ongoing work of two local charities as part of their annual Raise and Give (RAG) campaign.
Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity and Thames Valley Air Ambulance each received a cheque for £2,500, which was presented by the President of Bucks Students' Union at the annual Students' Union awards evening, held at High Wycombe Town Hall.
Joe Collins, President of Bucks Students' Union, said: "At the start of each academic year, students and staff at the University nominate our two RAG charities, which we then support through various fundraising events. RAG is all about having fun while raising money for charities that provide essential support to our community and we are pleased to have been able to assist the work of Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity in this way."
Throughout the year, students have organised and taken part in activities including a dance competition and a fancy dress volleyball tournament, donated their library fines, and held an Easter raffle in order to raise funds and awareness for the two chosen charities.
Thames Valley Air Ambulance serves the counties of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, providing urgent, high-quality medical care to people who find themselves in life-threatening situations.
Bekki James, Corporate Fundraising Manager for Thames Valley Air Ambulance, said: "We are hugely grateful to the Bucks Students' Union team and the students of the University for their fantastic fundraising. We would not be here if it wasn't for the generosity and commitment of individuals and organisations in our community. Our purpose is to deliver cutting edge medical care whenever and wherever a patient needs it. This is costly but listening to just one story from our ex-patients makes you realise how vital our service is."
Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity is based in Aylesbury and provides specialist palliative care to people with life-limiting illnesses.
"We are so grateful to everyone at Bucks Students' Union for this fantastic donation which will help to pay for essential care such as the Day Hospice which helps those with life-limiting illness to cope mentally and physically with the challenges they face," said Sue Jenkins, CEO of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. "The demand for our Hospice care is growing exponentially, and it is only through the generosity and hard work of those who fundraise and donate that we can continue to serve individuals and their families in need in our community."
Over the course of the academic year, Bucks Students' Union has logged more than 7,500 hours of volunteering with the support of more than 600 volunteers.
First picture (from left): Lauren Troiano, from Bucks Students' Union, with Bekki James, of Thames Valley Air Ambulance, and Buck New University Vice-Chancellor Professor Rebecca Bunting.
Second picture (from left): Lauren Troiano with Carole Snell, of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity, and Professor Rebecca Bunting.