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UCLan top fundraiser for Royal College of Nursing

24 July 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

President praises student and staff efforts

Andrea Spyropoulos (centre) accepts a cheque on behalf of UCLan nursing staff and students. 

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been the RCN Foundation’s biggest independent fundraiser over the last four years according to Andrea Spyropoulos, President of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

On visiting the University earlier this week to accept a cheque on behalf of the charity for £1,841, Andrea Spyropoulos thanked the School of Health for being the RCN Foundation Benevolent Fund’s top fundraiser to date after dedicated staff and students once again took part in several activities to raise money.

This year the UCLan nursing community organised a bake sale, tombola and comedy night to generate cash for the RCN Foundation Benevolent Fund as part of the Annual Nurses’ Day event on 12 May. Former student and alumni Rosalyn Hargreaves also raised £250 by taking part in the BUPA Manchester 10k for the second year in a row.

RCN President Andrea Spyropoulos said: “I am well aware of the phenomenal job that nurses and student nurses do and UCLan has certainly taken this charity to its heart.

"I am well aware of the phenomenal job that nurses and student nurses do and UCLan has certainly taken this charity to its heart."

UCLan alumna Rosalyn Hargreaves, third year adult nursing student Aimee Stephenson, RCN President Andrea Spyropoulos and third year adult nursing student Lauren Armstrong.

“The money the staff and students have raised really does make a big difference to nurses who find themselves in financial distress and I want to thank the UCLan team for being so enthusiastic in their fundraising efforts; it really is a pleasure to be here.”

Lauren Armstrong, a third year adult nursing student, took part in the fundraising activities for the second year in a row. She said: “We all really enjoy it and feel like we’re doing our bit. It’s a great way to bring the students together at UCLan and reminds us that we’re all part of a bigger nursing community.”

The Dean of the School of Health, Dr Nigel Harrison, thanked the students and staff for their efforts. He commented: “I am inspired and humbled by what they have achieved over the last few years. They always go the extra mile to raise money for the RCN Foundation and each year become more creative in their methods.”

The charitable donations did not stop at the RCN Foundation. The Florence Nightingale Fund also received £400 from the School of Health after the University decided to share some of the funds it raised.