Lancashire Times
Voice of the North
10:56 AM 9th September 2020

Lancaster Students Raise More Than £10,000 For Vulnerable Children In Region

A group of students from Lancaster University have raised more than £10,000 for children and young people supported by children’s charity Barnardo’s.

The Lancaster University Barnardo's Society, which is made up of around 20+ students, regularly involve themselves in community and fundraising events alongside their studies to raise money for the charity. Over the past five years, the group has managed to raise in excess of £10,000.

The society has even been proactive during lockdown by taking part in the 2.6 Challenge and ‘Bake4Barnardos’, where they baked cakes and biscuits, took photos of them and tagged friends on social media to do the same and make a donation to the children’s charity.

During the past five years, the Lancaster University Barnardo's Society has carried out numerous other events including text book sales during fresher’s week, organising charity balls, quiz nights and Christmas concerts, putting on market stalls with handmade cakes and crafts at Christmas/Easter markets, as well as selling items at sporting events and many more.

The group has been running since 2010 and in previous years, students have also been involved in more extreme types of challenges, from Lancs to London bike rides and a sponsored ‘intimate’ wax for one male student!

Amelia Abbott, President of the Lancaster University Barnardo’s Society said:
“Everyone in the Society enjoys giving up their time to help support the work Barnardo’s does with children in the region, and we try to involve ourselves with as many community events throughout the year as we can.

“We hope to welcome new members to join in the fundraising with the influx of new students to the university during freshers week, and we look forward to coming up with even more new ideas and activities to raise money in the future, to continue to support this good cause.”

Helen Evans, Regional Fundraising Manager for Barnardo’s said:
“We are so grateful to everyone involved with the Lancaster University Barnardo’s Society for their great efforts to spread awareness of Barnardo’s work in the region and to raise much needed funds to help further our work.

“£10,000 is an incredible amount of money and all of this goes towards providing support to the children and families that we work with, helping to make a huge impact and a real difference to their lives.”

Across Lancashire, Barnardo’s services provide supported accommodation for young people who are at risk of homelessness, support for children who care for a family member with an illness or disability, as well as providing short breaks for children with disabilities and participation groups to give a voice to young people in care and those with disabilities.

For further information about Barnardo’s, please visit