This year we have been raising funds for Shelter.
The recent “Beast from the East” definitely raised additional awareness about the homelessness crisis but there’s still work to be done! We have done raffles, with local businesses offering prizes, and have managed to raise over £100.
Our biggest challenge this year however will most definitely be running in the annual Manchester 10K in aid of Shelter, with our Fundraising Officer George Williams already beginning training. Furthermore, Eloise Peck, our Vice President and Captain of the Netball team, is now in the process of planning a PPE Netball vs. Football charity match and social, which we hope will be a fun end to this memorable year and a great chance to raise some more money for Shelter.
Last year the PPE Society elected to support the homelessness charity Barnabus. Aisha Thakker as fundraising officer and made substantial inroads in helping the PPE Society achieve its two aims this year: to beat the impressive fundraising level set by the last years cohort, and to give students opportunities to volunteer and make a difference in Manchester. We are excited to see what George, our new fundraising officer, has in store for 2017/18!
Barnabus have spent over 25 years carrying out support work that is indispensable to the lives of many of the most vulnerable people in the city. Their Beacon drop in centre is a lifeline to hundreds of people sleeping rough, and their vital activities in Manchester help people both and times of crisis and in the long term.
Barnabus have reported seeing a year upon year increase of visitors of 30% for the last 3 years. We aim to support them in their critical work through fundraising and volunteering, and we managed to beat our target of raising £1000 last year.
In mid October last year, a group of PPE students from across year groups took part in a sponsored sleep-out, spending 12 hours on the streets to raise awareness and in aid of Barnabus, raising hundreds of pounds in the process.
To find out more about Barnabus, visit their website:
To donate to Barnabus, please click on the link below.
The PPE Society were very active in fundraising for the chosen charity the Refugee Action charity this year. Kate Henderson and Caitriona Lowry share the role of fundraising officer in the hope of pestering as many people to donate as possible during course socials.
We kicked off with an impressive performance at the first Pub Crawl social, generating £85 from raffle ticket sales for Refugee Action.
Photos from The Guardian and The Mirror
The Refugee Action charity felt like a relevant choice of charity for this academic year in light of the current refugee crisis. Refugee Action runs multiple projects across the world aiming to improve the lives of refugees and give them a voice. They not only provide aid to those who are desperately in need, but they also run campaigns to help marginalised refugees to access legal advice and shelter. Find out more about the Refugee Action charity by clicking here.
We will be aiming to capitalise on everyone's generous spirit and good will at the Christmas social. There will be some fantastic prizes on offer and some exciting competitions on the night to encourage everyone to donate as much as they can afford to the Refugee Action charity.
If you have any ideas or suggestions on how we could further improve our fundraising efforts this year, please contact Kate Henderson or Caitriona Lowry. Contact details available on the committee page.