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RHUL raises record amount for students in the Big Give Christmas challenge

Rosa Smith

As part of Royal Holloway’s Big Give Christmas Challenge for 2017, last year, students, staff and alumni donated more than £116,000 towards work placements and scholarships.

All the donations raised from the Big Give Christmas Challenge will be utilised to help give student support with their education through internships, scholarships, work placements and employability initiatives.

Running between November 28 and December 5, with over 1000 on campus and online participants, supporters and donors helped raise funds through a variety of activities, and the initial £50,000 was raised.

During this week also, many fundraising events took place on the Royal Holloway campus, such as festive activities, fun group photo opportunities, with of course the university’s notoriously known mascot, Colossus as well as performances delivered by students themselves. The Festive Market and the Film Society’s Christmas orientated film screenings were also the highlight of the week.

The campaign is run and officiated by ‘The Big Give’ which was founded in 2007 by philanthropist Sir Alec Reed, an entrepreneur and Royal Holloway Honorary Fellow.  The Christmas Challenge campaign is one of the UK’s biggest online funding campaign which ensures help, aid, awareness and funds are raised for charities and their causes they promote.

Since the Big Give campaign was founded and launched ten years ago, in 2008, it has raised over a staggering £71 million for more than a range of 2,500 charity projects.

Rosa Smith, News Editor

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