Students Join Forces to Raise Festive Funds

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Over 100 University of Worcester students put their Friday night to good use before returning home for the Christmas break, by raising almost £300 for charity.

The students staged a Mixed Netball Charity Tournament, which saw representatives from the University’s various sporting societies don fancy dress costumes to compete against each other.

Overall, £282 was raised for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), in recognition of the continued sponsorship of the netball club by McDonald’s.

Eleven teams entered the event, with male and female players from the University’s football, rugby and Ultimate Frisbee teams all taking part in the tournament, which was won by a team made up of first and second year Sports students.

Sheli Morgan, the University’s Director of Netball, explains: “Our students were determined to raise money for a good cause ahead of their Christmas break, and the decision to support RMHC was a relatively easy one to make.

“McDonald’s sponsor the University’s netball club, and we are extremely grateful for their support, which has enabled us to keep membership fees affordable as the money has gone towards transport costs and equipment.

“Additionally, RMHC is a fantastic cause that has given invaluable support to the families of some of our society members. The students collectively wanted to give something back, so we were delighted to be able to raise such a good sum of money.”

Teams were charged £20 to enter the tournament, with members of the University’s Netball Club also making a sizeable extra contribution.

RMHC provides free accommodation to the families of children in hospital. They operate houses close to fourteen specialist children’s hospitals across the country, including at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.