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Adventure to be rewarded at brand new student event

26 November 2013

Adventure to be rewarded at brand new student event

Students from across the country, who have led fellow students in adventure challenges in the name of charity, are set to be rewarded at an awards ceremony this weekend.

The Student Adventures Adventure Leader Awards, sponsored by not-for-profit online fundraising service Virgin Money Giving, is set to take place at the British Film Institute (BFI) on London’s Southbank, on Saturday 30 November. Awards will be presented on the night including Best Fundraising Idea, Most Innovative Marketing and Recruitment Campaign, Rag of the Year, Adventure Leader of the year and much more.

Student Adventures works with Rags and charities to encourage students to participate in charity adventures. The idea was inspired by Jock Wright, who is now the organisation’s Events Director, and Managing Director Jonathan Hansford, following their own experience of fundraising at university. Over the years, hundreds of students have taken part in a variety of challenges, ranging from hiking to the top of Kilimanjaro or over the Andes to Machu Pichu, cycling to Paris and driving across Europe.

In partnership with Rags and charities, it is estimated that Student Adventures has inspired students to raise more than £3.5million for charity over the last three years.

Volunteers, dubbed Adventure Leaders, are at the heart of Student Adventures and give their time to inspire, support and lead student teams to raise tens of thousands of pounds before leading the way to some far flung destination.

Jock Wright said: “All the money donated to charity couldn’t be raised without our Adventure Leaders, who are the real inspiration behind this incredible fundraising.

“The inaugural Adventure Leaders Awards Night, which is kindly sponsored by Virgin Money Giving, is a fantastic opportunity for the charities, and us, to recognise the incredible work of these students, and say thank you in person to a team of students who in the last full academic year, helped their student teams raise in excess of £2 million for causes such as Practical Action, Meningitis Research Foundation and Breast Cancer Campaign, to name a few.

“The awards night is something we have wanted to do for a while and our thanks have to go to Virgin Money Giving, which is also our official fundraising partner, for their sponsorship to help make this possible. We’re looking forward to a fantastic night.”

To find out more about Student Adventures, visit To find out more about Virgin Money’s not-for-profit fundraising website Virgin Money Giving, visit

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About Student Adventures:

Student Adventures was forged in the fires of university way back in the mists of time when two guys decided that they needed a challenge and settled on climbing Kilimanjaro. With a fundraising target of £23,000 for a small children's charity, they set about training and fundraising with gusto.

To enable them to reach their target they developed and delivered the inaugural 5 Peaks Challenge at Loughborough University, which saw them and 56 of their fellow students take to the hills in the UK for an amazing few days. After reaching the summits of the mountains it was decided that they would carry on doing 5 Peaks and offering it to students to take part in an incredible adventure for charity. Eight years on, 5 Peaks is still running and has seen well over 500 students take part.

Having grown up just a little, leaving university and entering into the world of grown ups, the team started gaining experience in the charity sector and international development. After a few years the wanderlust to set up and do more challenges soon came back. The company was borne, GB Charity Events, in 2007.

After a few years the team at GB Charity Events realised that students were some of the most vibrant, ‘can-do’ and open minded people around. From our experience, students clearly love the challenge of the hills, open road and foreign countries. However, costs and high fundraising targets were always a bar for many students to be able to experience the Adventure, until now...

Student Adventures was created and our adventures have been tailor-made for students, ensuring the challenge is there but the costs and sponsorship targets are affordable and achievable. Having never lost their sense of adventure, these two guys are back doing what they love most - challenging students to take on the adventure. Student Adventures, for those who dare!

About Virgin Money Giving

  • Virgin Money Giving is the not-for-profit online fundraising arm of Virgin Money and was established in 2009. Virgin Money uses its infrastructure and expertise as a financial services business to ensure that Virgin Money Giving is efficient, secure and offers a high quality service to all fundraisers, charities and those wanting to donate to charity online
  • is free for fundraisers, charges a flat registration fee of £100 + VAT for charities and a 2% fee on all donations before Gift Aid, which means for every £10 raised, charities receive £12.16. Virgin Money Giving charges charities the minimum fees needed to cover the running costs of the site. Any money left over after covering operating costs goes towards reducing fees further or improving services for fundraisers and charities
  • Fundraisers can personalise their fundraising pages, send out email alerts and manage their fundraising events. They can include their own content, photos and links to their page as well as customise messages for their supporters. Fundraisers can also link their page to social networking sites. Virgin Money Giving also contains fundraising ideas and tips, offering help and advice to fundraisers on how to raise more for charity