Nottingham students' charitable spirit recognised

23 May 2011 12:20:20.993

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A group of fundraisers from The University of Nottingham have scooped a national charity award after raising over £50,000 for breast cancer research.

Members of the Students’ Union run Raising and Giving (RAG) group, Nottingham Karnival, took home the coveted ‘RAG of the Year’ award after raising the money for the Breast Cancer Campaign.

Nottingham Karnival, who in 2009 became the first student RAG group to raise over £1million for charity in a single year, reached the incredible figure by collecting donations on the streets of towns and cities across the UK.

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The group managed to collect over £22,000 in a single day, when over 100 members amassed in London for the ‘wear it pink megaraid’ in October, to help the charity continue funding vital breast cancer research.

Chris Bowman, the director of Nottingham Karnival, was delighted to pick up the award at the Breast Cancer Campaign’s awards ceremony on Thursday May 19 2011 at the House of Lords.

He said: “We’re really proud to take home this award. We are dedicated to raising money for charity and have enjoyed every collection we have taken part in including the early starts, waking up in the early hours getting ready to hit the streets and sometimes collecting for 12 hours straight to make sure we have raised all we can! We are proud to raise awareness about breast cancer and help to fund the life-changing research aimed at beating the disease.”

Pamela Goldberg, Breast Cancer Campaign’s Chief Executive added: “Congratulations to Nottingham Karnival for winning this prestigious award for the outstanding fundraising. It is thanks to the continued support and commitment from groups such as Nottingham Karnival that we are able to fund innovative world-class research to help us improve the lives of breast cancer patients and beat the disease.”

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as ‘the embodiment of the modern international university’, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings. It was named ‘Europe’s greenest university’ in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, a league table of the world’s most environmentally-friendly higher education institutions, which ranked Nottingham second in the world overall.

The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 40,000 students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around its campuses in the UK and Asia.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power.

The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health.

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Harry Waddle - Students Communications Officer

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