Students provide miles of smiles

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Date: 21st Feb 2018

Kind-hearted students at Buckinghamshire New University braved rainy conditions to spread some cheer through a SMILE Campaign for Student Volunteering Week.

The students put a smile on the faces of passers-by at the University's High Wycombe Campus, Wycombe Train Station and in the town centre by handing out free Fairtrade flapjacks, bananas and teas and coffees.

Rebecca Hamer, Activities Coordinator (Volunteering & Charity Fundraising) at Bucks Students’ Union, said students also logged how many smiles they received – with 2,604 in High Wycombe and 667 outside the University’s Campus in Uxbridge, Middlesex.

She said: “Students don’t mind waking up early to put a smile on people’s faces, which is great. Our students always show up full of energy ready to make someone else smile.

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This week the University library is also donating 'late' fines to the Students’ Union’s chosen Raise and Give (RAG) charities - Wycombe Mind and Wycombe Rape Crisis.

Other activities include a fundraising volleyball tournament for the RAG charities and volunteering with Chiltern Rangers, a social enterprise delivering practical habitat management and advice in Buckinghamshire and the Chilterns, and One Can Trust, which provides food parcels for families in desperate need.

Photos by Sean Wright

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