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26 July 2012 | PR 12/144

University’s staff volunteering effort rewarded

Izzy Jeffs


Scouts, Church groups, sports clubs and a pre-school are just some of the lucky organisations to have received awards in the latest round of funding from Loughborough University’s Community Donations Fund.

The groups – 12 in total – were awarded £5000 between them.  Members of University staff involved in the groups applied for support from the Inside Out Fund, a category of the overall Community Donations Fund established specifically to support their volunteering efforts.

Staff working in a range of academic and administrative departments submitted bids and the groups and projects receiving support are:




77th Leicester (Bradgate) Scout Group

To buy tents and equipment for family camp


Charnwood Christmas Toy Appeal

To help buy presents for needy children across Charnwood


Charnwood Disability Forum

To help produce an accessibility guide for Loughborough


Charnwood Ringing Group

To help finance bird rings and other equipment


Friends of St Mary’s

To help restore St Mary’s church tower


Holy Trinity Church

To purchase chairs for community use


Little Fingers Pre-school

To refurbish a small outdoor play area


Loughborough Carillon Old Boys Cricket Club

To purchase picnic tables, chairs and a BBQ


Loughborough Rugby Football Club (Under 10s)

To purchase event shelters


Syston Town Junior Girls Football Academy

To buy footballs and other equipment


Thorpe Acre Scout Group

To help towards a project to replace a heating system


Street Pastors

To help develop the work of Loughborough Street Pastors


The members of staff receiving awards were presented with their cheques by the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Shirley Pearce at a small ceremony held on campus earlier this month.

Since the Community Donations Fund was established 38 members of staff have been awarded grants from the Donations Fund, rewarding the many hours of volunteering that take place out of normal working hours.

The Community Donations Fund will be in operation again for the academic year 2012/2013 and details of the funds and the deadlines for submission of bids are available on the University website.  Community groups interested in applying should visit:  www.lboro.ac.uk/community for further information.


For all media enquiries contact:

Alison Barlow
Community Relations Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228696
E: A.J.Barlow@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

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 was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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