Sports students raise over £3000 for charity during University Volunteering Week!

Posted by nats2 at May 17, 2017 01:30 PM |
Many of our Team Leicester club members donated their time during the recent University Volunteering Week, read all about their selfless efforts!

Key Statistics

- 371 Volunteers

- 150 hours of time donated

- £3,023.54 raised for charity

How it Started

In preparation for the University’s Student Volunteering Week (4-12th March) Cate Ashley, Women’s Rugby Union Club Captain, worked with Rasteen Riyahi Boni, Sports Officer, and Anisha Bhogaita, Widening Participation and Outreach Coordinator, to encourage Team Leicester Club Captains and committees to engage in a variety of fundraising and community outreach projects. Many clubs rose to the challenge with teams collectively fundraising thousands of pounds over the course of the week. Teams including Running and Athletics, Women’s Football, Men’s Football, Women’s Rugby, Swimming and Water polo, Women’s Hockey, Netball, Trampoline and Equestrian & Polo each donated time and effort outside training sessions to contribute.

Helping Marie Curie at the Great Daffodil AppealWomens Rugby Volunteering Week

On Saturday 4th March 13 members from Women’s Rugby and Swimming & Water Polo donned yellow hats and bibs to take part in the Great Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal to sell daffodil pins in Leicester City Centre. Women’s rugby collectively raised £144.74 and the swimming and Water polo team raised an outstanding total of £585.72 on the day, combined the two teams raised £729.46. To place this in context Marie Curie requires £180 to provide a full 9 hour night of nursing, therefore the two clubs raised enough to pay for 4 nights of care for those who need our nursing in Leicestershire. 

Men's Football volunteering group shotRaising Heart Rates for the British Heart Foundation

On Campus that Saturday the Men’s and Women’s Football Clubs held a basic life-saving skills session which involved CPR, defibrillator and basic first aid training; ensuring their members are able to carry out life-saving procedures in the future. Over the course of the week our football teams put their fitness to the test and raised just over £300 and awareness for British Heart Foundation through a non-stop 150km bike ride. With nearly 70 volunteers involved in both events the clubs members donated 10 hours of their time to this worthy cause.

Tackling Muscular DystrophyRunning volunteering week

On Sunday 5th March the Running & Athletics and Swimming and Water Polo clubs helped marshal Leicester’s first Town & Gown 10km race for Muscular Dystrophy UK. 12 members from Running and Athletics helped to set up the course and marshal the race, whilst the swimmers swapped their suits for trainers with 18 members taking part as runners and marshals on the day.

Women's Hockey volunteering week Hockey Help the Hungry

Women’s Hockey in the meantime impressed us with their initiative and their efforts by putting on a food bank drive for South Leicester Food Bank. An incredible 56 of their members assisted in collecting or donating food. Not only this, they also organised a pub quiz in aid Alzheimer's Research UK, raising a total of £120.



Netball Come to Women’s Aid Netball volunteering week
The netball club also took a similar route to our Women’s Hockey team and hosted a pub quiz, this time for another excellent cause, Women’s Aid. They had 80 members involved and raised a total of £292 on the night which will undoubtedly go a long way to help vulnerable women and children in need.

Getting our Bake Off On

Our trampolining club put their bake off potential to the test and held a bake sale andbounce-off in the Students’ Union on their mini trampoline in their innovatively named fundraiser ‘TrampsAgainstTrump’ in support of the Syrian refugee crisis through donating their proceeds to Save the Children. A total of 15 members baked and a total of 26 members helped on the day, raising £105. Our trampoline ladies were not the only Bake Off hopefuls however, the Swimming swimming volunteering week and Water polo Club held a Bake sale in aid of the Children’s Cancer and Leukemia Group. The team vehemently committed to the sale with a total of £246.08 being raised on the day. Our savvy swimmers were not satisfied by their charity work just yet and 25 of them attended the Manchester charity gala in aid of Brain Tumour research, donating no less than £90 to the cause.



Ensuring it’s all Running Smoothly

Nearing the end of the week on Saturday the 11th, Running and Athletics volunteered for a second time and carried out a Parkrun Takeover at Victoria Park. The club provided 19 volunteers needed for the event to run. With their management and promotion 251 runners finished, one of the highest attended races at Victoria Park.

Boat Doing their UtmostRowing volunteering week

Finally, at the end of the week the Team Leicester Boat club pulled out all the stops. 24 of their members were not afraid to dirty their hands a little and helped to clean out the River Soar, clearing it of litter and debris. Meanwhile other members engaged in a 24 hour row in the new Fielding Johnson Square; raising an incredible £1170.00 for Downs Syndrome UK.


Our Team Leicester volunteers truly took to this week of action with gumption. Despite numerous other commitments our students found the time to make a positive impact for a number of worthy causes. The funds they raised over the week totalled over £3000 and they donated no less than 150 hours of their time fundraising. We hope and predict that the positive work they do will only grow over time within the Team Leicester community.

"Thank you so much to all the students who came and helped out with our collection in the city centre on Saturday 4th March. The students raised nearly half of the grand total from the day, collecting £729.46 between them… it would be brilliant to make this an annual event as it really did make such a huge impact on the amount raised ” -Sophie Wallace, Marie Curie

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