SUNDERLAND University students are proving they have a heart as they aim to raise cash for good causes this week.
The annual Raising and Giving (Rag) week will be hosting a range of events to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Campaign and Everyman, a prostate cancer charity.
Carl Taylor, from the university’s Students’ Union, said: “Rag week is important to the university. They are right behind it.
“It puts the university in a really good light and shows people that our university cares about the community.
“These charities are the historic charities that we have raised money for.
“We have a good relationship with them.”
The week kicked off with a pyjama party at Sunderland nightclub Passion.
The club donated its takings until midnight to the selected charities, as well as having bucket collections in place throughout the night.
Volunteers also collected donations throughout the day in The Bridges.
Other events include a coffee morning, bake sale and food eating competition at Cityspace, and a bric-a-brac sale.
An event to raise awareness of mental health issues also took place.
Sunderland Students’ Wellbeing Awareness Group welcomed a range of mental health charities including Mind and student support societies to raise awareness of the mental health issues students can face, as well as raise money for the charities.
The week aims to increase the money that Rag has raised so far this year to £5,000.
This year the students want to raise a total of £20,000, to beat their total of £14,000.