RaG – Students Take Over London to Raise Funds for MRF

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By Laura-Jane Ryves on 22.4.2023

RaG – Students Take Over London to Raise Funds for MRF

Students descended on the capital (Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th April), targeting tube and mainline stations in central London for a period of two days trying to raise over £30,000 for Meningitis Research Foundation. Teenagers and young adults are one of the high-risk groups and every year there are numerous cases of illness and deaths amongst the student population as a result of these deadly diseases.

MRF’s ‘London Loot’ brought together over 130 Rag members from universities in Kent, Cambridge, Loughborough, Nottingham, Belfast, Bournemouth, Northumbria, Warwick, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Manchester, and Exeter. The students are all on a mission to raise awareness of the diseases as well as filling their collecting buckets.

The University of Kent’s own RaG member Laura-Jane Ryves won ‘Top Fundraiser’ on Thursday raising a total of £514.

“London Loot is a big fundraising challenge for the students,” said Mike Taylor, Head of Fundraising. “Collecting £30,000 in spare change is hard work but the energy and enthusiasm of everyone involved really makes the whole experience memorable and fun. We hope the commuters of London will be generous and dig deep so we continue to fund our research into meningitis and septicaemia. ”

Meningitis and septicaemia are deadly diseases that can strike anyone without warning, killing one in ten, and leaving a quarter of survivors with life-long effects. There are around 3400 cases of the disease in the UK and few illnesses in Britain cause such mutilating injuries.

Visit Kent’s RAG Page here: http://www.kentunion.co.uk/volunteering/canterbury/rag/


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