Students, staff and visitors to the University of Chester have helped raise more than £1,200 for the charities supported by the institution’s catering outlets in the 2015 to 2016 academic year.

The collection tins for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, Clatterbridge Cancer Charity and Marie Curie are sited across the university’s different campuses and collectively yielded this impressive total.

Phil Crawford, community fundraiser, at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd said: “For more than 16 years, the University of Chester has supported the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and has raised an impressive £9,020.84 through the catering team’s collection tins and support for multiple events.

“In addition, students and staff continue to participate in a range of other activities, such as the fundraising events held by the events management students and volunteering in a range of different roles.

“The hospice survives on people’s kind donations and fundraising, which helps us to continue to provide the whole range of services for the local community. From the trustees, staff, patients and their families we offer a big thank you.”

Elspeth Wilson, fundraising manager from The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, said: “We are totally overwhelmed by the amazing support we’ve had from our friends at the University of Chester. Thanks to donations in the collection tubs and the events management students hosting a range of phenomenal fundraising evenings, the University of Chester has raised almost £5,400 to date, to bring us one step closer to transforming cancer care for patients across Cheshire and Merseyside for generations to come.

“These donations will help to pay for treatment, equipment, cancer research and special touches such as fun days out for our teenage patients. Thank you so much to all the staff and students for your continued support.”

Kaylie Chapman, community fundraiser, West Cheshire for Marie Curie added: “Thank you so much to everyone at the university who has supported the fundraising for Marie Curie over the last year. The £2,977.36 raised from the ongoing relationship with the University of Chester enables the nurses to provide nearly 54 hours of nursing care to patients, in Chester and the surrounding areas, in their own homes.

“Marie Curie is here for people living with any terminal illness as every minute one person dies in the UK and three out of four people who die will need palliative care. We offer expert care, guidance and support to help them get the most from the time they have left. Our nurses work in people’s homes, and in our hospices, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support for the patient and their families and loved ones. Thank you for every single penny that has been donated - it really is greatly appreciated.”