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Why volunteering is so much more than just another string to your university bow

Exeter University student Niamh O'Riordan-Mitchell volunteers in the Children’s Hospice South West charity shop in Sidwell Street, Exeter. Picture credit: Tim Lamerton Photography

Giving something back offers more than just a feel-good factor. For university students in a new town, lending a helping hand is also a great way to make friends, learn new skills and help their CV stand out from the crowd in a busy jobs market. Volunteering can also provide a welcome break from academia and add an extra dimension to the stereotypical university experience.

Blue Flame Raise over £9000

Blue Flame handover donation to Bernadette Chambers from Little Harbour

Our 12-month fundraising campaign has raised over £9,000 for charity!

Our staff chose Children’s Hospice South West as its 2018 charity of the year as we wanted to make supporting a local charity one of our priorities during our 30th anniversary celebrations.

With a £5,000 target in place, we held a series of events over the year the team and raised just shy of £9,500! Absolutely outstanding!

Pub’s heart – and tea – warming support for children’s hospice

Mango the springer spaniel and the tea cosies knitted by Tors Inn local Margo Cockell.

Knitted tea cosies have been keeping the tea warm and raising money for Children’s Hospice South West at the Tors Inn in Belstone.

Mango, the pub’s springer spaniel, was the inspiration behind a baker’s dozen of tea cosies made by local Margo Cockell – 12 for the pub and one for the charity’s Little Bridge House hospice near Barnstaple in North Devon.