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Praise for Aston University’s charity champions

5 March 2007 – for immediate release

Aston students have helped to collect more than four thousand pounds for charities in a flying start to their 2007 fundraising campaigns.

They raised �2,462 for Cancer Research UK Scotland by taking part in a street collection in Edinburgh during Hogmanay. Students also arranged a collection which raised �1,837 for Contact the Elderly in Birmingham city centre last month.

Professor Julia King, Vice Chancellor of Aston University, said: “I would like to express my appreciation of their commendable efforts. This serves as confirmation of the reputation of our students in raising funds for charitable causes.”

The Birmingham collection also saw the 33 students involved not only meet the Lord and Lady Mayoress, but also attract more volunteers for the Contact the Elderly charity, which organises gatherings for old people who live alone.

“This is a very important gift for us, and it will be one of the largest donations we will receive for our work in the Midlands for the entire year,” said Lee Lloyd, Contact the Elderly Fundraising Manager.

He added: “During the collection we gathered the details of eleven potential volunteers. In the weeks since then, four have completed their applications forms and are on the verge of joining a group in Birmingham.”

Aston students contributed to an Edinburgh collection totalling over �45,000. It will go to research to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, as well as providing information to patients, families and friends, plus awareness campaigns.

Richard Cowie, Community Fundraiser for Cancer Research UK Scotland, said: “I would like to congratulate the Aston students on this marvellous achievement. They are a credit to the University.”

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