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Loughborough University London students and staff complete first-ever Rag event

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A team of students, LSU London and University staff have completed the first ever Rag event, abseiling down the Acelormittal Orbit in a bid to raise money for charity.

Kick starting the year with a sky-scraping start, the team abseiled down the 114 metre structure situated on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Organised by Rachael Lynch, VP Rag, and LSU London Co-ordinator, Ellie Read, the event was the first of the year for the Loughborough Students’ Union in London.

Seven Loughborough University London students took part alongside organisers Ellie Read, Rachael Lynch and Senior Support Officer, Amy Ward.

So far, £300 has been raised for St Mungo's Broadway, a charity which aims to help homeless people. Rag fundraisers are hoping to reach a target of £1950 in total.

VP Rag, Rachael Lynch, said: “It’s wonderful to see both students and staff from the Loughborough in London campus getting involved with Rag. I was honestly amazed and impressed by how many people wanted to take part in our first LSU London Rag event, and even more so when everyone made it down in one piece from that height!

“Working with St Mungo’s Broadway and Ellie to get the spaces and sign-ups for the abseil was incredible so thank-you to them, to everyone who took part and thanks to those who have donated. Loughborough Students’ Rag promises to create and host more exciting events and opportunities in the year for Loughborough in London students to get involved with, so keep an eye out!”

To help Rag achieve their target of £1950, you can make a donation here.

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: October News

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

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