Last month saw the launch of a brand new fundraising initiative from the Raise and Give team at SUSU, which  saw a week of ambitious activity across the whole of the University of Southampton to promote the message Give £1 and Change a Life.

The results of The Big Give were truly amazing  – in just 5 days the team helped to raise an outstanding £6,612.61! This total will be added to the donations made throughout this academic year, with the final amount being split equally between the nominated charities Southampton Samaritans, The Anthony Nolan Trust and WaterAid.

Your donations really well help save lives, so we want to say a huge thank you to the 57 volunteer Big Give Champions, the RAG team, the students and staff who helped fund raise and everyone who donated what they could. Here’s an idea of how the money raised here at the University of Southampton will be spent:

  • It costs just £2.29 for a volunteer at Samaritans to answer a call and £3 to answer an email to people in need of support.
  • For every £1 donated to The Anthony Nolan Trust 74p goes towards recruiting donors and providing transplants for people in desperate need, 14p goes towards raising more money to help do even more for the future, 7p goes towards research to help make transplants even more successful, 4p goes on education programmes and 1p gets spent on governance.
  • WaterAid can use a £2 donation for a rainwater collection system, £5 on a locally hand-made pump for a village and just £10 to build a well that reaches water far below the ground to help provide clean, safe drinking water to communities.

The Big Give will be back next year, and we’re hoping to get even more students and staff involved to help us get to our target of raising over £22,000 in just one week!

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