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Varsity students 'embrace the rivalry' and raise over £6,500 for 1625ip

Monday 26 October 2015

The 2015 Varsity Series between Bristol's two Universities saw an impressive £6,520 donated to 1625ip as their headline charity. 

The sizeable donation will go towards our work supporting young people with housing, life skills, homeless prevention, counselling, advice, confidence building, budgeting, health, training and finding work.

Back in February over a thousand students from the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England went head to head over a series of sporting events, organised by the Students' Unions of both Universities. The aim of the Varsity Series is to enable students to compete in their chosen sport against their closest rivals. The series also promotes both universities' extra-curricular activities on offer to the city of Bristol; this is done in the name of fun, rivalry and friendship, at the same time as raising money for a local charity.

While they may be rivals on the field, both Student Unions are united in wanting to support young people faced with homelessness in our community. Following on from the successful partnership in the 2015 Varsity Series, 1625ip will be the official Varsity headline charity for the second year running in 2016. The ongoing partnership will provide a platform for students to see the impact of their support and engage further with us as a charity.

Now heading into its twenty-first year, the 2016 Varsity Series will kick off in February with over 1,750 athletes from both institutions, in over 80 teams, participating in over 35 sports and activities. It is without question one of the biggest multi-sporting events in the South West.

In the spirit of healthy competition, next year the Varsity Committee is aiming to beat this year's total and continue to make a real difference for the young people we support.

Chief Executive of 1625ip, Dom Wood said:
We are very honoured to have been chosen as Varsity headline charity for a second year and are looking forward to building on the amazing support already shown by students at both Universities. With current pressures on public funding, this kind of community support is ever more valuable for ensuring we can continue to provide the breadth of specialist services that we do.
For many students, going to university will be their first experience of living away from home with all the challenges that can bring, particularly without family support. This is a really positive example of young people empathising and getting involved to raise funds and awareness for their peers who might need a little support to get back on their feet, and a chance for us to promote the services we have available to those that may need them.

Bristol Students' Union Sport and Development Officer, Stephanie Harris said:
Bristol SU is delighted that the Varsity Series was able to support 1625ip this year and even more delighted that it will continue to do so for another year. They are a fantastic Bristol-based charity who support people of a similar age to those competing in the Varsity series and make a real, positive impact to those people's lives.
The Students' Union at UWE Vice President Sports and Health, Adam Brittain said:

"The Students' Union at UWE are extremely happy that the Varsity Series was able to raise a fantastic amount of money for such a brilliant charity. 1625ip provide invaluable support for so many young people in the Bristol area. It's also very pleasing to know that we will once again be working with the charity through this year's series."

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