Fundraising and Manchester RAG

Money raised during the 19/20 academic year: £73,798.76

Money raised as of September 1st: £6,856,95

Charity of the Year

Last year Manchester RAG has nominated Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, as their Charity of the Year. Alzheimer’s Research UK has a vision for a world where people are free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia. You can read more about their work on their website.

If you or your society are planning to get involved with fundraising this year but haven’t yet chosen a charity, Manchester RAG would recommend supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK. If you do choose to support the Charity of the Year, please contact us through Facebook to find out how we can help make your fundraiser a success!

Current Challenges

Accordian left Machu Picchu Salkantay Trek for the Futuresense Foundation Find more...

A brand-new experience for Summer 2021! Challenges Abroad is bringing you the opportunity to indulge in the historic, cultural Salkantay Trek to infamous Machu Picchu, Peru. More than 7,000 feet above sea level, Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca Emperor in around 1450. So, if you’re looking for an incredible once in a lifetime adventure to tick off your bucket list – this is definitely for you!

- The Salkantay trek is an incredible scenic trek through the stunning mountainous scenery, coffee plantations, rural villages, hot springs and more, before reaching the beautiful Lost City of the Inca’s Machu Picchu. The trek will also allow you free time to explore the incredible ancient Incas citadel!

- This is the first time working with the amazing Futuresense Foundation charity which aims at supporting developing communities. You will receive fantastic full support throughout this experience from the minute you sign up, until you land back in the UK. So why not truly make a difference and raise money for this incredible charity whilst going on the adventure of a lifetime!

- Apply on the Volunteer Hub now!

- Reg Fee: £390 paid in 2 instalments Fundraising Target: £1850 (£1000 to Futuresense, £850 to costs)

- FutureSense Foundation

 - Volunteer Hub Link for Challenge Leader Role.

- Volunteer Hub Link for Challenge Participant

- Facebook Group


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Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most impressive sights in Africa and climbing it is one of the all-time great achievements. It’s the largest freestanding mountain in the world and the trek encompasses terrains from jungle to glacier. Reaching the summit and watching the sun rise over the vast African plains truly is the experience of a lifetime.

- Please take a look at the Volunteer Hub to apply for this incredible opportunity!

- Reg Fee: £395 Fundraising Target: £2600

- Dig Deep

- Volunteer Hub Link

- Volunteer Hub Link for Participant Role

- Facebook Group

Accordian left Three Peaks Challenge for The Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity Find more...

The Three Peaks Challenge is an incredible adventure in the UK. You will have the chance to tackle Britain’s highest peaks - Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon - all in the space of 24 hours. It will include a total of 480 miles of road travel, largely during the night and climbing a total of approximately 3,000 vertical metres. Apply on the Volunteer Hub now!

- An amazing opportunity to help raise money for the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity!

- Reg Fee: £99 Fundraising Target: £650

- Rainbow Trust

- Volunteer Hub Link for Challenge Leader Role

- Volunteer Hub Link for Challenge Participant Role

Accordian left Skydive for Alzheimer’s Research UK Find more...

Ever wanted to do something completely out of your comfort zone? never had the chance to do it? Now's your chance to skydive for charity! Get involved today for a challenge of a lifetime!

If you’re looking for an exciting, unique adrenaline pumping opportunity then jump in here! You have the chance to really get involved and make a difference by fundraising for the incredible Alzheimer’s charity which has the amazing aim of reaching the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025!

At a time where charities need your help more than ever, this could be an incredible opportunity to help charities face their biggest challenge yet caused by the COVID-19 pandemic – whilst you have the chance to face yours in Summer 2021… Skydiving! You will have the best support throughout your journey, so why not sign up and take part in this exciting opportunity!

Reg Fee: £70 Fundraising Target: £400

- Volunteer Hub Link for Challenge Leader Role

- Volunteer Hub Link for Challenge Participant Role

Holding your own fundraiser

Whether you’re a registered student group or an individual hoping to make a difference, the Volunteering & Fundraising team are here to support you with your fundraising activities. Simply complete the relevant forms below, or drop us an email at [email protected].

Alternatively, we host a drop-in every Monday, 2pm-3pm, on Zoom (

Fundraising forms

*Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, cash fundraising is currently suspended, and our team is instead supporting groups to use registered platforms such as JustGiving, GoFundMe, and Virgin Money for their fundraiser.

This decision is due to be reviewed on 26th October 2020.*

Online fundraising: lots of groups decide to host their fundraiser on a website like JustGiving, Virgin Money, or GoFundMe. This is a great way to broaden the accessibility of your fundraiser and receive donations from anywhere in the world.

For the V&F team to log your fundraiser against your group, simply email your fundraising link to our team at [email protected] . You can ask for a total of your charity funds raised at any time!

Hire a fundraising bucket: compulsory for all cash fundraising activities. *Please note that cash fundraising is currently suspended due to COVID-19 regulations and is due to be reviewed 26/10/2020.*

Complete the form and the Student Activities team will prepare the bucket for collection from the Student Activities Office (SU first floor) on the specified date. We guarantee to prepare all buckets requested at least three working days in advance during semester time. If you submit a request within three working days of your event, we will endeavour to fulfil your request but this cannot be guaranteed.

Book a venue – to arrange a space for your fundraiser, email [email protected] or drop in to the Activities Office (first floor SU) and chat to a receptionist. For logistical support with your event, you can also link up with our dedicated Events Team.

Public charity collection form: if you are planning a public collection such as a street collection, supermarket bag pack, shopping centre collection or raid, you will need to apply for a permit from Manchester City Council.

The Volunteer Hub

All volunteering and fundraising projects should be registered on the Volunteer Hub, a tool for managing and recruiting volunteers and logging volunteer hours. Use your student email address if you wish to register as a student. If you wish to register your society or organisation, please use an email address that is NOT your student email address.


The Students’ Union Trustee Board will meet in September to receive the RAG annual governance report on its fundraising activities for 2019-20. Once it is approved, you can click on the button below to see annual report.

Annual Report

Your Manchester Raise and Give Committee, 2019-20

Chair: Mathilde Gerritsma - [email protected]
Coordinator: Matilda Leonard - [email protected]
Treasurer: Anthony Yum - [email protected]
Societies Officer: Giorgia Vittorino – [email protected]
International Challenges Officer: Charlotte Smith - [email protected]
Machu Picchu Trek Challenge Leader – applications open now! Apply here
Three Peaks Challenge Leader – applications open now! Apply here

Keep up to date with Manchester RAG on Facebook!

Contact us

If you have any questions about fundraising, you can contact the Volunteering & Fundraising Team via the following:

Email: [email protected]
Drop-in: Mondays, 2pm – 3pm on Zoom:

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