Who ate all the pies? Trent RAG takes on Pie Eating Contest to raise funds for young people in Nottingham

June 30th, 2020

Redthread’s Fundraising Officer, Anna McLoughlin, tells us how students at Nottingham Trent raised £1,500 for young people in Nottingham 

Redthread has been lucky enough to partner with Nottingham Trent Student Union (NTSU) fundraising programme, RAG (Raising and Giving) this year. After submitting an application, Redthread was selected in a committee vote as one of NTSU’s RAG Charity of the Year partners for 2019-20. NTSU RAG gives students the opportunity to get involved in events, challenges and projects throughout the year, all whilst raising money for causes they care about. 

Dusting off their daubers, NTSU kicked off a year of fundraising with their infamous annual RAG Bingo. The sell-out event was a huge success and featured prizes, a raffle, fancy dress, music and much more. With little time to catch their breath, Trent RAG hosted a festive Mince Pie Eating Contest at the University’s City Campus. It was students vs. Santa as the Union came together to see who would be crowned Trent’s Mince Pie Eating Champion 2019. 

It was an epic month of fundraising, with NTSU raising £1,500 for Redthread! With this money, Redthread can provide ten weeks’ bespoke, intensive 1-to-1 support for a young person recovering from exploitation, so that they are able to engage with appropriate support, make positive changes and pursue a life free from violence and exploitation.

We asked Sam Arnold, Opportunities Coordinator at NTSU why they chose to support Redthread: 

“We had over 50 applications to be one of our nominated charities for the year, but Redthread really stood out from the rest. We were very impressed with their work in Nottingham with the most at risk young people, so we wanted to support their efforts in any way we could. We hope the money raised can go towards helping young people lead safe, healthy and happy lives!”

Prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, NTSU had been busy planning their next charity challenge, Jailbreak 2020. Sadly, as universities remain closed and travel restrictions are in place this has been unable to take place as planned.

Redthread would like to say a HUGE thank you to Nottingham Trent RAG for selecting Redthread as their charity partner and for all of their fundraising efforts this year. With your help, we are closer to ensuring all young people in Nottingham can be healthy, safe and happy.

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