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Students put the heart back into volunteering

Posted on 05/06/2013

This week, students from Royal Holloway have been getting involved in community projects as part of National Volunteers’ Week 2013.

This includes, for the first time, teaming up with the British Heart Foundation to collect donations from staff and students. A team of dedicated volunteers have distributed over 1,000 bags across halls of residences and in academic departments, working hard to raise awareness of the charity across campus.

In addition, there are over 20 projects taking place in the local area, including pond cleaning at St Francis Primary School by the Women’s Rugby team among others, tree planting by the American Football team at The Magna Carta School and painting and decorating at the Surrey Association for Visual Impairment.

During the week, seven activity workshops have also been set-up in local schools and youth centres, including Italian culture sessions at Thomas Knyvett College and the Film Festival Society’s Stop Animation workshops at St Anne’s Heath Junior School. In addition, RHUL Sport is hosting on-campus sports sessions, including rugby, tennis, hockey and frisbee training for local schools.

The week rounds off a very successful year for Royal Holloway’s Community Action, who celebrated 10 years of service in February and have clocked up over 50,000 hours of student volunteering since 2002.


Currently there are over 2,000 registered volunteers and over 180 Community Partner organisations regularly joining forces to enhance life in the local community.

During a special awards ceremony on Monday 3 June, individual students, as well as clubs and societies, were honoured for all their hard work, including Patrycja Skurzak who was awarded the Mayor’s Cup for Student Volunteer of the Year. The Mayor of Runnymede Councillor Yvonna Lay also officially opened a beautiful art installation which celebrates 10 years of community volunteering and hangs suspended in the Windsor Building.

Phil Simcock, Community Action Volunteer Manager said: “What a great way to round off a fantastic year for volunteering! We had over 300 students helping out this week with over 2,000 hours of service being given to the local community. As always, the feedback from residents is extremely positive and makes all the hard work worthwhile.

“The students continue to impress with their incredible commitment and dedication and all of this year’s success is down to them. I’m looking forward to planning some more exciting events for next academic year.”


For more information, please visit: www.royalholloway.ac.uk/volunteering  

The week is supported by P&G, Surrey County Council local committee funding and the Royal Holloway Alumni Fund.

The 10 Years Commemorative Art Installation is also supported by the Royal Holloway Alumni Fund.



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