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Press Release - 02 February 2005

Staff and students recycle gifts to raise money for Tsunami Appeal

Money raised by staff and students from the University of Bath in response to the tsunami disaster was presented to a representative from the Red Cross today (Wednesday 2 February)..

Top l-r - Ceri Page, Marianna Lane, Pat Harper, Margaret Pickering, VC

In total, more than £4,000 was raised through a range of events including the donation of unwanted Christmas gifts to a fundraising sale; an on-line e-bay-style auction which raised over £1,000 as people bid against each other for donated goods and a raffle with prizes including hampers and champagne.

Professor Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said, “People throughout the world have been touched by the enormity of the disaster that has affected so many people. The initiative of the fundraisers, and generosity of the people in responding to this disaster, has been heart-warming.”

Mike Churchyard, who received the cheque on behalf of the Red Cross, said, “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at the University for its generous support. Your donations will help us meet the immediate and longer-term needs of people in the affected areas.”

Mary Benjamin, who works in the University’s finance office and co-ordinated the fundraising events, said, “I was thrilled by the response we had from staff and students alike. It really brought the staff together and I’d like to thank everyone for their generosity with their time as well as their donations.”