27 May 2020

Alumni fundraise for charities during pandemic

A number of alumni have shared their stories with us of how they’re helping to fundraise for the NHS and other charities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Each year, the ‘Falk-Egg Old Boys’, come together in May to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The group was established in 2005 by a group of ex-student rugby players who organised a student versus alumni rugby match. Since then, the Falk-Egg Old Boys have grown into an alumni network with over 300 members worldwide, including Alumni Advisory Board member Alex Laybourne (Psychology, 2009).

This year, to help during the coronavirus pandemic, they are aiming to raise money for the NHS. So far, they have raised 92% of their £5,000 target. The group are hoping to bring the Falk-Egg group together for a gathering later in the year.

Additionally, alumna Danielle Clapcott (Product Design Engineering Foundation Year, 2017) has also been doing her bit during the lockdown. Danielle has been making PPE for the NHS whilst raising money for Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, a sailing cancer charity for young people aged 8-24 years old. So far, she has raised nearly £700.

The Loughborough Lacrosse team students and alumni have also been raising money for NHS charities through their initiative, ‘Run2Rimini’. The volunteers ran, cycled and walked the distance to Rimini, Italy (1,814km), where the team had planned to travel on tour this Easter.

The group not only achieved their original distance, but did so in only 8 days instead of the predicted 14. So, they decided to run the length of the way back too! In total, the initiative has raised £1285.

Alumnus John Pengally (Physical Education, 1972) is also raising money for NHS charities through the Polperro Fishermen’s Choir in Cornwall. The group raise money for charities every year, but this year are producing a song and online video to raise funds called ‘Harry’s Song for Cornwall’.

And finally, a mention has to go to the 130 Challenge cyclists who are approaching the finish line of their challenge to raise money for the University's Hardship Appeal

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