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Notts students choose local charity for annual fundraiser

Notts students choose local charity for annual fundraiser

Students from Nottingham Trent University have come together to raise more than £1,700 for Switch Up, a charity that empowers Nottingham’s children and young adults.

Students and staff from the primary teaching course took part in everything from origami to virtual scavenger hunts to help generate donations for the charity as part of its Values Week.

The annual fundraising event brings together students from all three years of the course, who then select the charity that will benefit from the amount raised.

Switch Up – which provides individual, life changing support to young people in Nottingham communities affected by crime and violence – was initially nominated as this year’s charity by third year student Julia Wilcox.

She said:

“When I started looking into charities that could be nominated for Values Week, I was struck by some of the terrible stories about what has happened to children and young people on Nottingham’s streets.

“As trainee teachers, supporting young people that are in challenging environments is something that we really care about. Supporting Switch Up means our funds will go towards providing these children with the resources to build a positive future both personally and professionally.”

As well as the students, faculty staff also get behind the activities, which this year took a slightly different appearance given the advice around social distancing.

Alongside traditional Christmas crafts and yoga sessions, they took part in online interactive games and individual step challenges.

Fiona Hunter, senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, said:

“Every year, the third-year students on our course choose a local children’s charity to be supported by our Values Week fundraising.

“Values Week is something we hold very dearly as a university. As well as the fundraising, we also hold a series of seminars and discussions with the students about the challenges children in education sometimes face.

“It’s an important part of our calendar and we are delighted to be supporting Switch Up this year.”

The money raised will help Switch Up with its work in the city’s communities which has taken on additional significance following the issues raised by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Marcellus Baz, founder and CEO of Switch Up, said:

“This year has been tough for everyone, but especially those living in some of the city’s most disadvantaged communities.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the money raised by the students at Nottingham Trent University. Their positive actions really show the best that the city brings out in people, and we can’t thank them enough for their support.”

To add to the fundraiser, please visit

For more information on Switch Up and the Nottingham School of Boxing, visit

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