Students Staff

15 August 2017

Dave pedals for underprivileged young people in nine-day challenge

Filed under: Latest news, People pages, Sport — Tags: , — Nerissa Blower @ 4:33 pm
Dr Dave Parry

Dr Dave Parry

Our Director of Sport Dr Dave Parry will be cycling 969 miles in nine days and hopes to raise £2,000 for IntoUniversity, a charity which helps children and young people from a poor background achieve their potential.

Explaining why he chose this charity Dave said: “Having come from a working class family, and being the only person in my family to go to University, I am particularly passionate about giving young people life chances and opportunities. I visited an IntoUniversity centre in Hackney and the staff there were really dedicated and enthusiastic and the work that they are doing is really making a difference to the lives of those young people.”

Dave, who lives in Brightlingsea, will be joining over 800 cyclists for the Deloitte Ride Across Britain, starting at Land’s End on 9 September and finishing at John O’Groats on 17 September.

Although he has taken part in a few triathlons and multi-day cycles in the past, this sponsored cycle will be his biggest accomplishment to date.

“Time is a challenge, as I have a busy work schedule and a young family. I am definitely ‘under-cooked’, but hopefully will ride myself into fitness as the event progresses (fingers crossed anyway!)”

To make a donation to the sponsored ride, please visit Dave’s fundraising page.

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23 October 2015

Students show they have a big heart for charity

Filed under: Latest news, Student experience — Tags: — Communications Office @ 11:05 am

Bags for the British Heart FoundationEssex students have bagged nearly £21,000 for the British Heart Foundation by donating unwanted goods at the end of the academic year.

More than 1.300 bags of clothes and electrical items were handed in to Accommodation Essex from Southend and Colchester campuses, the equivalent of more than 10 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill and providing valuable stock for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops.

Angie Flynn, Operations Services Manager Accommodation Essex, said: “This is the first time we have taken part in this nationwide campaign, which began in 2011. I was absolutely thrilled to see the enthusiasm from both Accommodation staff and our students in getting behind this campaign. Everyone pulled together and when I saw the results of the campaign I was just so proud to be part of this team.”

Students living on campus were given BHF bags to fill, and with each full bag estimated to be worth at least £14, the sum raised is likely to be more than £20,000 – the equivalent of 1,000 bags helps 40 young heart patients gain independence, new skills and confidence while meeting fellow patients.

Julie Paffett, BHF Regional Stock Generator, said: “We’ve been delighted with the response from Essex students and their overwhelming support for this campaign.

“Each BHF shop needs to receive 400  bags of unwanted items a week and thanks to generous donations from the students and staff at the University of Essex we have been able to help our shops across the county turn unwanted items into life saving research.”

“Dan Dempsey, the University’s Carbon Change Advisor, said: “The University of Essex has a strong commitment to the environment, we’re committed to cutting carbon emissions by 43 per cent by 2020 and we are always looking for new ways to improve so we are really pleased this project has launched so successfully.”

 

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7 April 2014

Head for heights and charitably minded? Read on!

Filed under: Latest news, Student experience — Tags: , , — Communications, CER @ 3:51 pm
Help raise money for your chosen charity by taking part  in our abseil

Help raise money for your chosen charity by taking part in the SU’s abseil

If you’ve got a head for heights why not sign up for the Students’ Union charity abseil down Rayleigh Tower on 28 April?

There’s a £20 deposit/fee and you need to raise at least £75 for the charity of your choice.

Find out more and sign up on the Students’ Union website.

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31 March 2014

Staff and students raise £1,000 for Helena Hospice

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Helena Hospice fundraising 300PX

Chief Executive of the Hospice Mark Jarman-Howe received the cheque from Hospitality Essex staff (left to right) Judy Murray, Maz Tedmon and Sam Hodgson.

Our staff and students have helped raise more than £1,000 for St Helena Hospice.

Drink supplier Coca Cola donated a percentage of takings for each bottle of Abbey Well water sold on the hospitality outlets at the Colchester Campus over the last year.

Chief Executive of the Hospice Mark Jarman-Howe received the cheque from Hospitality Essex staff (left to right) Judy Murray, Maz Tedmon and Sam Hodgson.

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13 June 2013

Valerie all set for 5K charity swim

Filed under: Latest news, People pages — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 11:16 am
Dr Valerie Gladwell

Dr Valerie Gladwell

Sports Science Senior Lecturer Dr Valerie Gladwell will be joining thousands of swimmers later this month for the Great East Swim.

Held at Alton Water reservoir, near Ipswich, the event is the biggest open water swimming event in south-east England.

Valerie will be taking part in the 5K swim on Saturday 22 June and is hoping to raise about £400 for MacMillan Cancer Support. This is the first time Valerie has swam 5k and has been training since March for the event, including two outdoor swims where the water temperature was only 13C. She is hoping to finish the swim in less than one hour 40 minutes.

To sponsor Valerie please visit: www.justgiving.com/Valerie-Gladwell1.

 

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