In the festive spirit, colleagues have pulled together by raising money for charity and donating to a food bank.

Steph Calley, Data Analyst in Undergraduate Admissions, organised a directorate-wide Christmas Jumper Day, raising money for Save the Children. With colleagues based all around the University, this was very much a multi-site operation! Thirty colleagues from across the Department of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach got involved on the day, wearing their silliest Christmas jumper, shirt, headband or tinsel and donated money to Save the Children. A £2 donation can pay for the antibiotics to treat five children with pneumonia – one of the biggest killers of children; £5 can pay for educational toys to help children in the UK, and £16 can equip a midwife in Afghanistan with a birthing kit to help new mothers and newborn babies.

Trying to find a space large enough for such a big team was challenging, with many of us braving the winter chill to get a photo of our escapades.

Additionally, Louisa Norris, Undergraduate Admissions Selector, has done a brilliant job at organising a food bank collection. Instead of opening a door and receiving a small gift on a traditional advent calendar, each day a member of the Undergraduate Selection team donated a gift, such as food or toiletries. The hamper will be delivered to the Bath Foodbank in time for distribution over the Christmas period. A typical food parcel includes cereal, soup, pasta, tinned beans, fruit or meat, tea bags, biscuits and snacks, and is designed to be filling and nutritional for those in need.

Robbie Pickles, Head of Undergraduate Student Recruitment, said: “Ensuring that children and families are properly supported is important all year round, but especially in the winter when higher fuel bills create an additional burden. Many people across the University will already be making their own donations to charities, but I’m delighted we were able to come together and make a small but positive contribution to the wellbeing of people here in Bath and around the world.

If you’re interested in supporting these charities find out more about Christmas Jumper Day or the Bath Foodbank.