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Aston student raises money for national charity

Relay For Life

10 May 2013

An Aston Biology student walked non- stop for 24-hours to raise funds for cancer research

Final year undergraduate, Jake Delaney, took part in the Aston University Relay For Life which involved continuously walking around the lake on Aston’s campus to raise funds for Cancer Research Relay For Life

Jake decided to take part in the challenge on his own, rather than the traditional relay format, which involves teams of 10 completing the challenge. Jake raised £1,200 beating his target of £1000 – raising funds in memory of a friend who sadly passed away last year. The national fundraising Relay for Life event is designed to honour cancer survivors and celebrates life.

Over 68 Aston students and staff participated in the day’s event and raised over £5,000 for Cancer Research.  Throughout the Relay attendees enjoyed entertainment including music, games stalls, food and drink. Students also took time to light candles and write messages in remembrance of loved ones they had lost to cancer. Cancer survivors and Cancer Research UK representatives also attended to share their experiences with cancer.

 Jake said; “Participating was great fun and I hoped it would inspire people to donate. Having reached my goal, both in fundraising and walking across the finish line on the day, was really emotional. I felt an immense sense of achievement and it was great to see the community spirit among Aston students, who came together for a great cause.”

Jake hopes to raise £ 1,500 by June, and welcomes any donations.

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For further media information please contact Eva Tabora, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4294 or e.tabora@aston.ac.uk