Why we have launched Your Uni, Their Lives
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On Wednesday 26th February, Hope for Children (HOPE) launched a brand new initiative: Your Uni, Their Lives (YUTL). If you have ever taken part in fundraising at university, how much did you actually know about the organisation you were supporting, and the work they do? Last year, Raising and Giving (RAG) Societies across the UK led students to raise in excess of £7 million for numerous local, domestic and international charities, all whilst simultaneously working towards their degrees. From 2009-2013, I was one of these students. I got involved with RAG at Nottingham Uni and somehow, from setting off as a fresher on my first RAG raid to Sheffield in a cold, damp, smelly double-decker bus, 4 and a half years later I’m standing in the House of Commons, overlooking the Thames, launching a national initiative, YUTL, and working for a charity that I couldn’t be more passionate about, HOPE. Working with a charity is a bit like a drug; the more you do it, the more you find it hard to stop. Don’t get me wrong, the occasional overdose can, and does, happen! A trip to the local cinema was always my remedy. What keeps you going is the one thing that almost everyone in the charity sector will agree on: passion.
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