The University of Portsmouth Students’ Union (UPSU) has broken all records and raised £73,448.55 for charity, exceeding their target of £40,000.
Students across the University helped raised the money for a range of charities, including the Friends of Mary Rose School and the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.
Fundraising activities have included cycling from London to Paris, trekking across Mount Kilimanjaro, and organising bake sales and street collections. UPSU organised the local Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile at the Mountbatten Leisure Centre in Portsmouth in March, raising money and giving an opportunity for students and local residents to come together to volunteer and be part of a national event.
President of UPSU, Godfrey Atuahene Jr has said: “It’s fantastic that so many students have helped raise money for so many charities, and especially those charities that help the local community. We want to have a positive impact on every Portsmouth student, and we hope that every Portsmouth student can have a positive impact on the local community.
“I hope in the next academic year many more students will get involved and fundraise as it looks excellent on their CV. We are always aiming to improve and I’m excited to see if we can exceed our next target of £100,000.”
VP Activities Grant Clarke has said: “This goes to show that students are willing to help raise not only funds but awareness for charities and issues around Portsmouth, and it is important that our students spread the word about the good deeds of local charities to other students. Our students want to be a part of the community and fundraising is a great way to do it.”
Fundraising at UPSU has increased significantly in the last few years. In 2011 UPSU raised £26,031 compared to £7,976 in 2010.