Students smash target to give charities boost

students from the university taking part in the sport relief mile
students from the university taking part in the sport relief mile
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STUDENTS at the University of Portsmouth raised £73,000 for a variety of charities – nearly double their target.

Over the past year, students at uni’s Students’ Union have taken part in activities from bake sales, to a London-to-Paris bike ride, to a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro.

The target for the year was £40,000, but their total is £73,448.55.

The money will benefit causes including local charities Friends of Mary Rose School and the Rainbow Trust.

The SU also organised the local Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile at the Mountbatten Leisure Centre in Portsmouth in March.

President of UPSU Godfrey Atuahene Jr said: ‘It’s fantastic that so many students have helped raise money for so many charities.

‘We hope that every Portsmouth student can make a positive impact on the community.

‘I hope in the next academic year many more students will get involved and fundraise as it looks excellent on their CV.

‘It will benefit them in the long term.

‘It’s such a good skill to have.

‘The staff support has been fantastic. And the students enjoyed it very much.’

The amount raised by the union has increased significantly in recent years.

Last year it was £26,031 and in 2010 £7,976.

National charities such as Children in Need benefited and some students took part in Movember, where men grow a moustache for the month to raise money for prostate cancer charities.

Vice president of activities Grant Clarke added: ‘This goes to show that students are willing to help raise not only funds but awareness for charities and issues around Portsmouth.

‘It’s important that our students can stay central in the city to spread the word of 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.’

Next year the union is aiming to smash their new target of £100,000.