On Monday 15 April, our student volunteers got together to celebrate the huge impact that they've had on the local community throughout the 2018/19 academic year. In total, over £75,000 has been raised by 21 student groups for 35 local and national charities - such a huge achievement!
Over 150 guests attended the evening including the University of Bath Vice Chancellor and his wife, The Mayor and Mayoress of Bath, the Chairman of Bath Council, and representatives of the local and national charities that we've been working with this year. It was great to see so many senior members of the wider community coming together to celebrate the 10,000+ hours of volunteering that students groups have done this year.
Anna Boneham, SU Volunteer and Societies Manager, expressed her gratitude for all of the hard work SU Volunteering has done this year: "It's always quite humbling to see the culmination of volunteering the student groups achieve when giving their time up for free, it's amazing how much they accomplish over the year. Their efforts in delivering the range of projects and events, along with juggling a degree, are inspiring and I know that the many charities and schools that these students link with are very grateful for these efforts. Thankyou!!"
As part of the evening, a special award was given by the Mayor of Bath. The Mayor's Award recognises an individual that goes above and beyond to support volunteering in the local community. This year, the award was presented to Chloe Chan, who is a final year Pharmacist. Chloe has gotten involved in many aspects of student volunteering including organising lunches for Age UK, being a student ambassador for the SU Dementia initiatives, and running the Bath Half (not once, but twice!); all whilst still doing a degree.
Well done to all of the students that have worked hard volunteering and fundraising this year, all of the time you've put in has made a really difference to all the charities you've been working with!