Students show their support for local charities

Published: 26 June 2017 at 15:50

Sarah Janes, ‎Deputy Director of Student Services at Anglia Ruskin University (pictured left), and Kath Vale, fundraiser at Dementia Adventure

Anglia Ruskin donates more than £10,000 to dementia and mental health charities

Kind-hearted Anglia Ruskin University students have donated cheques for thousands of pounds to charities in Essex and Cambridgeshire.

A cheque for £7,208 was presented to Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind), which supports those recovering from mental health challenges, promotes positive mental health and tackles mental health-related stigma and discrimination within our communities.

Dementia Adventure, which is based at Ford End in Essex, received a donation of £3,604 at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus.

The charity, which organises holidays for those with dementia and their carers, has a simple mission: to enable people living with dementia to get outdoors, connect with nature, themselves and their community, and retain a sense of adventure in their lives.

The impressive donations were possible thanks to thousands of Anglia Ruskin students completing the National Student Survey (NSS) and the UK Engagement Survey (UKES).

The NSS allows students to rate the quality of their course and university, while UKES asks students how they’re engaging with their course, their views on the services on offer, and what more could be done to help them reach their full potential.

Anglia Ruskin donated £2 for every survey completed and Anglia Ruskin’s Students’ Union selected charities that are local to each of Anglia Ruskin’s main campuses.

Julie Walkling, Director of Student Services at Anglia Ruskin, said:

“We are delighted that so many of our undergraduate students have once again engaged with these surveys, which help to improve the university experience for future students.

“And we are particularly pleased that our Students’ Union has selected two incredibly worthwhile mental health charities to support. We hope these donations help CPSL Mind and Dementia Adventure continue with their great work.”