University of Leicester students raise nearly £126,000 for charities

Posted by pt91 at Oct 06, 2011 12:14 PM |
Record Success for charitable students

Students don’t just raise the roof, at the University of Leicester they also raise a great deal of money for charities year in, year out.

University of Leicester students have a well-deserved reputation for giving up their spare time towards making their local community, and the world at large, a better place.

They do this through voluntary activities in the community and through ambitious fund-raising events with RAG.

As Leicester RAG begins to plan a new season of activities this year, it can take some pride in the knowledge that last year’s RAG raised a record-breaking sum of £110,000 through a sponsored Kilimanjaro climb in aid of the charity Childreach International.

A further £15,862.67 went to a range of charities, including Help for Heroes, the British Red Cross appeal for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Children in Need and the Kenyan Orphan Project, making the grand total for the year a little short of £126,000.

A spokesperson from Leicester RAG, Simi Braithwaite, said: “Last year RAG raised about £80,000 more than the previous year. This amazing achievement was due to the initiative taken by Katy Thomas (Leicester RAG president 2010/2011) and Christian Capell (student fundraising officer, Childreach International) to get University of Leicester students involved in great expeditions for charity.

“This year we plan to get an increased number of students actively involved by creating attractive ways of raising money for charity. For 2011/2012, our aim is to raise £350.000. I am certain that this is attainable, and with the right amount of support, University of Leicester RAG will reach its goal.”

RAG events planned for the immediate future begin on Friday 7th October with a fancy dress Campus Raid, and continue with a city centre ‘Mega Raid’ on 29th October and the Oxjam Music Festival on 22nd October.   Rag Week will be from 7th-12th November and throughout December RAG will be collecting Christmas gifts for less fortunate people through Operation Shoe Box.

More information on RAG events planned for this year is available from, or from the University of Leicester union website:

Notes to Editors: Further details are available from Simi Braithwaite, email

More information on the charities supported by University of Leicester RAG 2010-2011 can be found on the following websites:

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