Sunderland University students put their money where their mouth is to help protect Wearside schoolchildren.
The university has handed a cheque worth more than £3,500 to the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) to help fund the work of its schools service.
“The problems of abuse and neglect are no worse in Sunderland than in other major towns and cities, but they do exist and the NSPCC Schools Service is playing a major part in helping those who need it most.Allison Thompson, chairman of the NSPCC’s Sunderland Business Board
The service is intended to help children understand abuse and how they can stay safe.
The university donated £1 for every student who filled in a feedback survey, raising £3,686 to add to the thousands of pounds it has already given to the charity.
Professor Julie Mennell, the university’s academic deputy vice-chancellor, said: “We donated £1 to the NSPCC for every survey our students filled in during survey season.
“The fact that we raised £3,686 demonstrates how much our students value the opportunity to give us their feedback and how much our student community values the work of this fantastic charity.
“Working in partnership with our students to deliver a high-quality student experience is very important to the university and its staff.
“It is important for us to have a good understanding of how we continue to do against their expectations, so to have almost 4,000 students participate in this year’s survey season is invaluable to us. It is quite some achievement and due in no small part to the life-changing work of the NSPCC.”
Allison Thompson, chairman of the NSPCC’s Sunderland business board, said: “We’re fortunate to have such dedicated supporters as Sunderland University, and we’re grateful to both staff and students for their continuing efforts to make a real difference in the lives of the city’s most vulnerable children and young people.
“The problems of abuse and neglect are no worse in Sunderland than in other major towns and cities, but they do exist, and the NSPCC schools service is playing a major part in helping those who need it most.
“The NSPCC’s Sunderland business board aims to raise £80,000 a year to help fund the schools service in our local schools , and money raised by the board is spent here in the city.”
The service is provided free to schools and aims to visit all primaries and academies schools across the North East every two years and has visited 76 schools in the Sunderland City Council area.