Over the past year the Bishop Grosseteste Students’ Union Dance Society have raised over £1000 in support of Age UK Lincoln and South Lincolnshire which they presented to the charity earlier this month. The incredible donation has been raised through a wide variety of activities and initiatives as Lauren English, Vice-President of the Dance Society, explains: “This year we’ve put a lot of effort into helping the community. We’ve attended Teenage Markets held by the University, performed at the Lincoln Christmas market, held two 12 hour ‘danceathons’, organised a bake sale and a 1/3 of the show proceedings went to our charity along with many other events during the year. The cheque we will be presenting is for £1000 but the Dance Exec also ran the Lincoln 10k in April and £385 was raised during that event and the money was sent straight to Age UK at the time. Therefore our grand total of fundraising for Age UK this year is £1385! The support we’ve had from other societies, the university and the public has been phenomenal.” Accepting the donation Melanie Meik, Age UK Lincoln Marketing & Fundraising Manager praised the Dance Society for their incredible efforts that will have a significant impact on vulnerable people across Lincolnshire: “The team at BGSU have gone above and beyond our expectations raising funds to help local older people in Lincoln and South Lincolnshire. Their dedication and passion to raise funds for older people is inspirational and we hope that it will be a catalyst for others to follow. It costs just £5 to send a Befriender to a lonely isolated older person once a week. The total amount raised by BGSU would allow us to send a befriender to a lonely and isolated older person every week for an entire year, making a real difference to someone’s life. The donations received by Age UK Lincoln & South Lincolnshire help us to continue to support our local older people through a range of services which are designed to support people to stay safe and independent in their own homes for as long as possible. Thank you so much for supporting us.” You can find more information on the fundraising plans of all our societies and how you can get involved with them on the BGSU website. Looking to start your journey at BGU? Find out more on our apply page or by joining us on one of our Open Days.