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The largest single donation to the University’s Student RAG Appeal was handed over this week by Cambridge University Library.

Each year the University Library pledges to donate a portion of library fines to the RAG Appeal, the University’s largest student charity organisation. On Monday 31 July, University Librarian, Dr Jessica Gardner, and the University Library’s Acting Deputy Director, Academic Services, Patricia Killiard, presented the outgoing and incoming presidents of the RAG Appeal, Will McDermott and Julia Nielsen, with a cheque for £4,000 to support the RAG’s 10 different charities chosen by Cambridge students.

This year the local charities are Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre, Jimmy's Cambridge, Blue Smile and FoodCycle Cambridge. The national charities are Teenage Cancer Trust, Anthony Nolan and The Silverline. The international charities are Child Soldiers International, Farm Africa and Against Malaria Foundation.

In addition to receiving donations, RAG fundraises all year round to support these charities, from hosting small University-based initiatives to larger national and international events, including the RAG’s hugely popular Jailbreak and Lost events.

Julia Nielsen, incoming President of the RAG Appeal, said: “We at RAG would like to thank the University Library for their continued support -- it is thanks to you and other generous donations that we can keep RAG going every year, in order to support ten fantastic charities each year. We are ever so grateful!”

Dr Jessica Gardner, University Librarian, said: “It is an honour to be able to donate a portion of our library fines to the RAG Appeal, who do such great work every year for charities both locally and beyond.”

Image, from left to right: Julia Nielsen, Will McDermott, Dr Jessica Gardner and Patricia Killiard.