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Young Lives vs Cancer Charity Rotork Challenge Winners

Young Lives vs Cancer Charity Rotork Challenge Winners

Students from the School of Management took part in this year's Rotork Challenge, which sees groups connect with a charity or community group to support on a project.

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Congratulations to all students who participated in the 2023 Rotork challenge in Dec, who dedicated their time and efforts to support various charitable causes through thier fundraisers, projects, and events. It's amazing to see the number of challenges undertaken, each contributing to our community and beyond.

The Rotork challenge, sponsored by Bath-based FTSE 250 engineer Rotork, encourages a collaboration between business and philanthropic giving. The students utilized learning from their courses across the School of Management to collaborate with a charity partner in a real-world challenge to make a positive change.

Behind the scenes, the SU Volunteering team and Student Experience Officers from the School of Management facilitate connections between charities and student groups, providing training and support for each project. With an 8-week timeframe, students undertake a variety of projects, from fundraisers to social media campaigns, aiming to make a difference within their community.

The winning group, chosen by a panel of judges from the charity sector, the University, and Rotork, secures a £500 prize for their chosen charity, further supporting their cause. The following is a list of the groups and thier projects:

  • Transition Bath - Social media campaign through Instagram and LinkedIn, brochure created for print
  • Siblings United – created website, logo, branding guidelines and templates on Canva and led a training session for volunteers to learn to use Canva
  • Royal United Hospitals – Sourced items from local businesses for thank you hampers gifted to staff working over Christmas, including a specially designed festive thank you card
  • Royal Life Saving Society UK – Raise awareness of the ‘don’t drink and drown’ campaign and raised donations through stall on Campus and at the Bath Christmas Market
  • Julian House – go fund me set up raised £1,457 plus cake sale raising £199
  • Dorothy House – cookie sale, coffee morning, go fund me £76
  • Dentaid – leaflet distribution campaign, volunteered at preschool dental hygiene education day, ran online quiz, on campus fundraising stall, created Instagram campaign increasing volunteer sign up’s from local dentist by 39%
  • Care Home Volunteers – appreciating volunteers through a Christmas card and cake gifting
  • Ablaze – collected video clips and created video storyboard and marketing plan
  • Macmillan – Recruited 5 new buddy volunteers
  • Friends of Sydney Garden – created accessibility guide for wheelchair users planning a sensory park route
  • Voices for Life - created sales and marketing campaigns, targeting key markets, collaborators, and events across the year, created social media mood board for brand guidelines.
  • Trauma Breakthrough - conducted a market research survey to reach a wider audience, creating poster campaign to raise awareness. Set up an online donation page.

Winners: Young Lives vs Cancer – 20 local stores displayed campaign posters, used collaboration on social media to share campaign message through other organisations with large followings on Instagram, utilised LinkedIn and Youtube, held an awareness raising event in library, raised £800 total.

Well done everyone who took part!