Nottingham Trent Students’ Union Escape and Evade event has raised over £5,000 for Trent Raising and Giving.
The challenge, which took place earlier this month, sees teams of NTU students try to get as far away from Nottingham and back in 52 hours without spending a penny, and has regularly proved to be RAG’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
This year’s participants travelled to Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Inverness, Isle of White and many more, with some picking up free perks including a trip on the London Eye and to a football match. The amount they’ve raised currently stands at £5,329.70, with more money still to come.
“It’s fantastic, I think it might be the most we’ve ever raised through Escape and Evade to date,” said NTSU VP Activities Liz McCluskey. “This year a lot of people have gone above and beyond what they need to raise to take part in the event and raised a lot of money. We introduced online fundraising this year and that’s helped massively, as people have been able to put it on their Twitter and Facebook’s. Some groups have raised nearly £400 on their own.
“Everyone really enjoyed it and learnt a lot from it. Texting them all while they were on their adventures was fun, following their progress, and then when they get back and compared stories, it was really good and there’s so many stories coming from it.”
This year Trent RAG is supporting the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Emmanuel House, Theodora’s, Willow Foundation, Foundation for the Study of Infant Death, Shine, Health Poverty Action, Operation Orphan and Act4Africa.
Last year, Trent students raised a total of £194,680.30 for charity, and this year Rag are aiming higher.
“The target is a quarter of a million,” added McCluskey. “We’re around between seventy and eighty thousand with RAG week still to go in the third year, so we’re confident we will meet the target.”
Liz McCluskey was speaking to Platform Magazine’s News Editor Simon Paice.