Bradford University students plan sky dive for our Crocus Cancer Appeal

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Daring students at Bradford University’s Students’ Union will take the plunge during a charity skydive for the Telegraph & Argus Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal.

A fearless group have decided to take on the fundraising challenge as part of the Students’ Union’s Raising and Giving (RAG) Week in support of its two chosen charities – our £1 million fundraising appeal and Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure.

Sam Butterworth, sports and societies officer at the Students’ Union, said: “We wanted to do something high-profile and a bit more extreme to for the appeal.

“We’ve done the usual fundraising things, like a bag pack at Morrisons which raised over £2,000, and we’ve been selling the Crocus pin badges.

“But this is something a bit more daring and an exciting way to raise money for two fantastic charities.”

The sabbatical officer, who has taken part in a skydive once before, said the T&A Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal was something students were passionate about supporting and had united the University community.

A group of students recently took part in a telethon, calling University alumni to ask them for donations or pledges to the appeal, which raised £110,000.

“The response has been really heartwarming,” said Mr Butterworth.

“You see students walking around campus wearing their Crocus pin badges and the message is spreading about what the appeal is and what it’s trying to achieve.

“It’s something people are really keen to support.

“A lot of students are only here for three years and this is a great way for them to give something back to the University and the Bradford community.”

The T&A Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal is being run with the University, Yorkshire Cancer Research and the Sovereign Health Care Charitable Trust, in a bid to develop new cancer treatments here in the city.

We want to buy the University’s Institute of Cancer Therapeutics a new mass spectrometer, which will allow its scientists to study the role of protein in cancer ten times quicker than ever before.

This could hold the key to discovering new, less toxic treatments which could transform the lives of patients undergoing gruelling chemotherapy.

To sponsor the group visit justgiving.com/Sam-Butterworth1

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