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23 April 2009 | PR 09/44

Loughborough students raise record-breaking funds for meningitis

Students from Loughborough University took to the streets of London on 8 – 9 April and helped raise an incredible £47,300 for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) in a record breaking 10th anniversary London Loot bucket collection.

Students collecting money in LondonA total of 38 students from Loughborough Rag joined over 100 collectors from six other universities, pulled on MRF t-shirts and shook buckets in Tube and DLR stations in the city, asking commuters and passers-by for spare change. Defying the credit crunch and marking the 10th anniversary of Loot with a bang, the collectors smashed last year’s total by almost £4,000 to make this year the biggest in the history of the collection. For the second year in a row, Loughborough students were the largest group from any university in attendance, and raised a fantastic £18,589 towards the total - the most of any university.

Kathryn Lacy, Community Fundraiser for MRF says: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone from Loughborough who put in an amazing performance to charm the spare change out of Londoners. It’s great that we’ve marked the 10th anniversary of Loot with such a huge total, so thank you, and we hope to see you all next year!”

Meningitis and septicaemia are devastating diseases which can kill in hours. There are nine cases every day resulting in six deaths per week and leaving survivors with after-effects as serious as brain damage, deafness and amputations. Students are one of the most at risk groups from these illnesses. MRF is working hard to fund vital research, raise awareness and provide support for those affected.

Support, information and details of future fundraising events are available through our website www.meningitis.org or by calling our FREEfone 24-hour helpline – 080 8800 3344.

Picture: Loughborough students collecting outside Bank tube station 
Pictures from the event for use by media are here: http://tinyurl.com/d3pfmn

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For all media enquiries contact:

Jo Lumani
Senior PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228697
E: J.P.Lumani@lboro.ac.uk

Harpinder Collacott
Meningitis Research Foundation
T: 01454 281811 or 07711 057875

Notes for editors:

  • Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.
  • Meningitis Research Foundation is currently funding 22 research projects into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia. The Foundation has spent £14.8 million on research since its inception in 1989.

  • Meningitis Research Foundation operates a Freefone 24 hour helpline – 080 8800 3344 – providing information on meningitis and septicaemia to the general public and health professionals.
  • Information on meningitis and septicaemia is also available on the Foundation’s world-renowned website – www.meningitis.org – in 22 languages. An interpretation service in 150 languages is available through the 24-hour helpline.

  • The Foundation offers support for those affected by meningitis and septicaemia. Trained helpline staff are available 365 days a year. A befriender service links people with experience of meningitis and septicaemia to share their experiences and counsel each other.

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