Bristol students help raise more than £30k for charity with My Cause UK


19 September 2017



Bristol students have helped to raise more than £30,000 for charity by giving their time at festivals in this city this summer with My Cause UK.

The students volunteered at Love Saves The Day, The Downs Festival and will be doing the same at the upcoming Tokyo World Festival which will be held in Eastville Park this coming Saturday and Sunday.

More than 100 students chose to represent their favourite charities by signing up to volunteer at festivals this summer with local not-for-profit organisation My Cause UK.

In exchange for their time helping out on the festival gates or as a steward My Cause UK makes a donation to the students’ chosen charities on their behalf at the end of the summer.

Bristol University students Ciara Flint and Hayley Hall (pictured) volunteered at The Downs festival in September in support of Bristol charities One25 and student-led charity Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad (BVDA).

This was Ciara’s first-time volunteering with My Cause UK and an experience she enjoyed so much she will be volunteering again this Saturday at Tokyo World.

Ciara said: “I learnt about the work One25 do to support women to get away from sex work when they approached Bristol University to help them raise awareness.

“I was part of a group who devised and performed a show based on the real-life testimonies of the women that use One25. They help with everything from homelessness issues and addiction to education and employment. The scope is huge and yet it’s only a small charity so I wanted to give something back.

“I loved the idea behind My Cause UK – that you can give your time doing something you enjoy and a cause you care about will benefit. I didn’t have to do any fundraising or ask anyone for money and I got to attend the festival for free, which is especially good if you’re a student!”

Medical student Hayley has been a festival volunteer with My Cause UK since Love Saves The Day in 2015. She says: “I volunteered abroad for BVDA and so I’ve seen first-hand the difference they’re making in developing countries. I’ve been with My Cause UK as a volunteer since the beginning and I can’t wait to be a steward again at Tokyo World and raise even more money for my chosen cause.”

My Cause UK director Rob Wilkinson said: “We’re proud to be giving students the opportunity to support causes they care about simply by doing something they enjoy. A lot of the students who volunteer with us choose to represent smaller charities.

“We encourage volunteers to talk about the causes they are supporting so not only are they helping to raise funds for their favourite charity by giving a few hours of their time, they are also raising awareness for them at large events across the country.”

For more information about My Cause UK and volunteering opportunities see

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