Each year the fundraising commences in week six of the semester with five weeks to fundraise, purchase food, build hampers and donate to the Churches Trust to distribute to the people of the North West. Every year the success of the campaign centres on the generosity of all staff and students on the Magee campus with the Stand Up for Social Work Society students as the driving force. The Pantry project feeds over 2400 people a year with the ethos of community giving to community. Last year we had a phenomenal response from staff and students, and this year we had the highest amount of fundraising ever. In addition to over 150 hampers the students were able to provide a cash donation of £1400.00 to the Churches Trust. An outstanding effort for five weeks of intense fundraising through Crowdfunding, raffle tickets and the generous donations from businesses from across Northern Ireland.
Fiona Fagan (CEO, The Churches Trust) – ‘ We are overwhelmed by the support we receive each year from the social work students at Ulster University. To achieve all this in five weeks is amazing. We don’t receive and funding from the Government and this donation today will have a massive impact on supporting local families.’