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2020 Student Support Fund

A project by: University of Leeds

£150,229
pledged of £150,000 target
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FUNDED
499
USERS
1 year, 5 months ago

A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO SAY...100 'thANK YOUS' TO YOU AS THE 2020 STUDENT SUPPORT FUND PASSES £100,000!

We’ve been blown away by the kindness that has been shown by the Leeds alumni community, right across the globe, to support the 2020 Student Support Fund, especially when we know everyone has been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis in so many ways. 

To mark the fantastic news that your donations have now surpassed an amazing £100,000, our student community, our staff who’ve been working hard to support them and our alumni community across the world, have all got together to create a special video message to say ‘100 Thank Yous’ to each of YOU for your incredible generosity.  

If you haven’t yet given, and are able to do so, please visit the 2020 Student Support Fund and join alumni like you who are helping us ensure more of our deserving students are supported during the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19.

1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you for helping us hit the £100,000 target! 

We are absolutely overwhelmed by the response of, you, our Leeds alumni and supporter community. At this incredibly challenging time, you have helped us raised a fantastic £100,000 which will do so much to support students facing financial hardship as a consequence of Covid-19. 

In response to your generosity we have received an offer to increase the matchfunding by a further £25,000 - meaning that your gifts will continue to go twice as far.  

This means we have been able to increase the target to £150,000, enabling us to help even more students at this difficult time. 

We are so proud of our Leeds community and can't thank you enough for your kindness.

If you feel you are able, please give today and help us to continue to provide much needed support to our students. 

Thank you. 

1 year, 5 months ago

£90,000 raised– Thank you for your generous support 

Thanks to the generosity of you, our alumni and supporter community, we have now hit the £90,000 mark.

From the loss of casual and part time work, which many students use to sustain themselves during their studies, to having to pay rent on properties which they may be unable to access, the financial impact of Covid-19 on our student population is diverse, growing and ever-changing.

And, as second year Mental Health Nursing student Rhiannon Morris says in her video message, alumni support is helping students to face the barriers which have been thrown up as a consequence of the pandemic and ensuring that – whilst studying at a distance – they are still able to make the most of their Leeds experience.

Thank you so much for your support. If you are yet to give, please do so today and help a student like Rhiannon.

1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you to our 302 supporters of the 2020 Student Support Fund!

We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to each and every member of our Leeds community for the crucial role you have played in helping to raise over £75,000 to support students at this time. Thank you so very much. 

You have enabled us to say yes to helping more students who are facing incredible uncertainty as a result of the outbreak of Covid 19.

If you are yet to give, please do so today. Your support is all the more essential for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who, Louise Banahene – Head of Education Engagement – explains below, are most at risk of falling into financial hardship at this time. These include students who may not have traditional family networks to support them or whose household income may be most impacted by lockdown measures. 

Your support will help them to overcome immediate and long-term barriers which have been thrown up as a consequence of the pandemic and succeed in their students. Thank you.

1 year, 6 months ago

The match funding pot has been doubled!

Overwhelmed by the response of our alumni and supporter community, the alumnus who generously offered to match fund your contributions to the 2020 Student Support Fund has made the decision to increase their contribution to £50,000.

This means that the first £50,000 of gifts will be matched pound-for-pound, making your contribution today worth double the amount.

Thank you so much to all those who have donated so far, if you are yet to please give today and make your donation go twice as far!

1 year, 6 months ago

Thanks to you … we have hit the £50,000 mark! 

We are very excited to announce that thanks to the support of you – our incredibly community of alumni and supporters – we have exceeded £50,000! 

Thank you so much on behalf of the students you are helping during this uncertain time. 

Encouraged by your generosity, and the ever growing call for help from our student population, we have decided to increase our target to £100,000.   

Further support to the 2020 Student Support Fund will be fundamental in not only helping students tackle the immediate barriers they will experience as a consequence of the Covid-19 crisis, but also to alleviate the financial pressures that they will face in the longer term. 

Your support will help to ensure that when students return to their studies in the next academic year, they are able to focus on achieving and succeeding during their time as a student at the University of Leeds. 

In the video below, Leeds University Union’s Welfare Officer and Leeds alumna, Amy Wells, explains the concerns students are approaching the union about at this time and how your support has made an incredible difference. Thank you so much for your support, if you are yet to give – please do so today.

1 year, 6 months ago

a special thank you to our alumni and supporter community... 

In this video, Lisa, who returned to education as a mature student thanks to the support of a scholarship, talks about how her alumni donor has made so much of a difference to her time at Leeds. Thank you for all your support of students at this time. If you haven’t already given – please do and help a student like Lisa thrive at Leeds.

What a genuine and succinct message that clearly articulates why sponsorship and financial help especially at this time is so important -inspirational. Good luck Lisa with your hopes and plans, keep to it.

1 year, 6 months ago

Thanks to you… we’ve hit our initial target!

We are absolutely overwhelmed by the support shown by you, our incredible community of supporters and alumni, with over 100 of you contributing to the fund in its first few days.

You enabled us to reach our initial target of £20,000 in our first weekend, which will do so much to support students facing financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. Thank you all so very much.

Encouraged by your support, the generous alumnus who agreed to match fund this project has increased their support to match the first £25,000 of gifts made.

This, alongside the ever increasing need to support students at this time, means that we have decided to increase our target to £50,000.

Thank you so much for your support so far, if you haven’t already made a gift please do so today. Your support will help our students to make the most of their last term of this academic year. Your gifts will enable them to buy the equipment and books they need in preparation for their assessments, as well as help to put in place networks of support and advice for students who are struggling in these uncertain times.

1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you...We're off to an amazing start!

Thank you so very much to each and every one of our generous supporters. Thanks to you we have exceeded the £10,000 mark and are well over half way to our target. 

Your generosity will make a world of difference to a current student and we are so grateful for your support at this time.