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The LSE Volunteer Centre and LSE SU RAG hosted their annual celebration and awards evening for volunteering and fundraising last night (Tuesday 13th May). Over 60 people attended representing the student body, LSE Students’ Union, various parts of the school and charities that have recruited students over the past year as volunteers and fundraisers.

The achievements of LSE students over the past year have been incredible with LSE Volunteer Coordinator, David Coles, saying, “We polled over 2,000 LSE students early in 2014 and found that 42% of them have been involved in a voluntary activity since joining the School, that’s almost 4,000 students when taken across LSE.”

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LSE SU RAG President Nona Buckley-Irvine explained that RAG has raised over £100,000 over the past year, doubling the previous record. “We’ve had an incredible RAG team this year and I look forward to watching them better this total next year.”

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Spires, a South London based charity that helps hundreds of homeless and disadvantaged people all year round, was named LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year. Rebecca Sunter, Volunteer Coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of Spires at last night’s event.  

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Connor Russell, a third year undergraduate studying Mathematics and Economics was named the LSE Volunteer of the Year for his excellent work with IntoUniversity.

The annual award is presented to an LSE student who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to volunteering. Jess Dunning, Volunteer Development Manager at IntoUniversity said, “We can’t praise Connor enough for his volunteering work with IntoUniversity. Connor has shown a high level of commitment to our opportunities and ethos during his three years as a Mentor, Academic Support Tutor, Ambassador and Buddy, contributing well over 100 volunteering hours. He really has gone above and beyond as an IntoUniversity volunteer.”

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To see further feedback of the evening please check out our Storify of the event. To see further photos check out our Facebook page.