FOR the second year running, the fund-raising efforts of London medical students have proved to be just what the doctor ordered for Heal.
Barts and The London Students’ Association, the representative body for medical, dental and occupational therapy students, have developed a fantastic reputation for their charitable efforts and over the last eight years have raised more than £1.5million for their adopted charities.
Heal was thrilled to receive a donation of £2,000 from the student body last year, all the money going straight to help needy children receive vital healthcare, shelter and education in Andhra Pradesh.
Barts (formerly St Bartholomew’s) and The London is one of Britain’s leading medical and dental schools with 1,600 undergraduate and 750 postgraduate students and a growing reputation within the field of research and many other disciplines.
And when Rag – or Raise And Give – Week came around this year, the students pulled out all the stops as they collected record-breaking amounts through an intensive week of fund-raising activities. So much so, in fact, that Heal received a cheque for £4,000 – double the previous year’s donation.
Rag Week students were out in force as they planned ‘tube raids’ in London, street collections, cake stalls and pub crawls, while others took on individual sponsored challenges such as sky diving, cycling, trekking or running.
“This academic year we had our biggest Raising And Giving week yet and collected a record-breaking amount for charities such as Heal,” said Meera Lakhani, Barts and the London Rag Captain for 2010-11.
“All of the students and staff at Barts and the London Medical School are proud to have raised this money and we feel privileged in being able to give to such a worthwhile cause.”