Andrew, a student at the University of Chester, helped to raise an incredible £1,380.69 for Chapter with the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Club at University of Chester.
Why did you choose to fundraise for Chapter?
We wanted to find a small, local charity where funds we raised would actually make a difference. The previous year, a big national charity had made it feel like they were doing us a favour!
Everyone in the group had had some experience with mental ill health, whether themselves, friends or close family members. We decided Chapter was the right fit to raise funds for.
What was it your experience of fundraising for Chapter?
Chapter was much more responsive than the other charities we spoke to. We really got the sense that we mattered, that we weren’t just statistics or figures towards targets.
It made a huge difference when Chapter let us know what the money we raised would go towards, and we could see that even a small amount of money raised would really help people. For example, we raised enough to pay for six weeks of healthy cooking classes for people with mental illness. That was a brilliant area for money to be put towards, because we’re big believers that physical and mental health go hand-in-hand.
What did you do for Chapter?
During the year, the Club carried out:
- A bucket collection in Chester + a sponsored Santa walk around the city
- A sponsored rowathon (rowing the length of England in one day)
- An MMA Grappling Competition, attracting competitors from all over the region
- A sponsored sport swap (MMA and Pole Fitness clubs swapped sports for an hour)
- The Chester Half-Marathon
What else did you get out of it?
I won the UCV Gold Volunteering award with the University! The MMA Club have been nominated for an award with the Student Union for best members’ club, and I was nominated as Sports Personality of the Year with the SU for building links with other clubs. Chapter has also nominated me for a Volunteer award with Chester Voluntary Action.
Chapter was our chosen Charity of the Year, but the experience with them was so good that we’ve already decided to put them forward for anything again next year.
We were prepared to go above and beyond for Chapter, because we felt that they were prepared to go above and beyond for us.