Students’ Union societies have been finding novel ways of raising money for charity despite large cuts to their budgets and ongoing Coronavirus restrictions on group meetings. 

Sheffield Uni Boob Team recently hosted a ‘Bake Your Baps Off’ competition where members were encouraged to make boob-themed cakes to help spread breast cancer awareness and raise money for CoppaFeel!, a breast cancer awareness charity aimed at young people. 

Participants uploaded photos of finished pieces with the best looking cake crowned the winner. £115 was raised in total. 

In light of Black History Month, Sheffield University Hockey Club took part in Show Racism the Red Card’s ‘Wear Red Day’ on 16 October and managed to raise £130. As the hockey club is an organised sport, teams were able to meet up in person for training wearing red clothing to raise funds. 

University of Sheffield’s History Society (HSTSOC) created a ‘Monument Fun Run’ to replace the Sheffield Half Marathon. They created routes ranging from 5k to a half marathon, following various landmarks in Sheffield. 

Participants were encouraged to record their route on Strava, an exercise tracking app, and upload photos as they passed each landmark. 

HSTSOC raised £380 for homelessness charity The Sunday Centre, who provide indoor space and a hot meal every Sunday at the Victoria Hall Methodist Church. 

Joe Brein, the society’s Charity Secretary, told Forge Press he wanted to give people “a fun thing to do ” during Covid restrictions. 

He said: “It was great to see how well it did for the Sunday Centre. I set a target of £100 and we almost quadrupled that!

“This money will be very important in helping feed those hungry in Sheffield. All of us at HSTSOC are in awe of [The Sunday Centre’s] hard work and we are grateful to be able to contribute to their cause.”


Image: Sheffield University Hockey Club


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