Fundraising students aim to soothe body mind and soul

Leicester students will be making the campus run, jump, laugh and sing, all in aid of raising money for good causes.

RAG Week returns to campus from 26 February - 3 March and is the students’ opportunity to take part in fun challenges and activities to raise money or give time to support local and national charities.

RAG stands for ‘Raising and Giving’ and to mark University Mental Health Day on 1 March, Leicester Students’ Union is also dedicating the week to help soothe minds, bodies and souls for Wellbeing Week.

Staff and students at the University of Leicester already do a lot to raise money for charity and give back to their local community. RAG Week has three simple goals; to celebrate the fantastic fundraising and giving activity already taking place, to promote positive mental, physical and emotional wellbeing and to join together to raise even more money for charity.

Each day during RAG and Wellbeing Week there will be events taking place on campus for staff and students to get involved in, from sponsored cycles to bake sales, sponsored tennis matches to sing-offs.

The University aims to inspire and enable students to tackle the issues that matter most to them. This year, it has supported student groups with £50 funding to kickstart their efforts to grow the amount much as they can for their chosen charity. The group that raises the most money wins a VIP experience at the University’s Student Awards.

Staff and students can raise money for a charity of their own choice or choose to support the University’s selected charities. These are three charities that reflect the aims and values of this year’s RAG Week: University-based charity WACIT (World Awareness for Children in Trauma), local Leicester charity LAMP and national charity Rethink.