Thanks to the generous support from our alumni community worldwide, just over £55,000 has been raised for The 125 Fund in our autumn Telephone Campaign.
The three-week campaign, which took place in November, involved 38 Westminster students contacting graduates to share experiences of their time here, gain advice on different career options and discuss the various ways in which alumni can support the University by volunteering or donating to The 125 Fund.
By the end of the campaign, 252 alumni had pledged to donate to The 125 Fund and 235 alumni had expressed an interest in joining our mentoring programme. We are extremely grateful for all of the support received during this year’s campaign and to everyone who continues to help us enhance the student experience here at Westminster.
Rebecca Wood, final year Psychology BSc Honours, said: “Working on the campaign has given me the opportunity to share thoughts and ideas with former students who have been in my position. I’ve had some great conversations and received some really inspiring advice which I’m very grateful for. I’m also delighted to be able to raise vital funds for fellow students through The 125 Fund.”
In March 2017, 92 students were awarded life-changing grants from The 125 Fund for a range of projects which will help them with their employability and development.
Jolene Azagba-Nyako, undertaking a PhD in Public Health, received a 125 Fund grant last year to support her research project in Ghana. She was able to organise vital nutrition training for over 300 people in the local community, not only developing her research project but also impacting the lives of hundreds of people in her community.
On 3 January 2018, applications for the second round of 125 Fund grants opened and will close on 28 January, and we are hoping to award even more students a grant this year thanks to the support of our alumni and friends.
If we didn’t manage to speak to you as part of the autumn campaign, but you would still like to make a gift to The 125 Fund, you can still do so.
All donations will be matched pound for pound up until 31 July 2018 by the Quintin Hogg Trust. A gift of any size will collectively make a big difference.
A special thanks to Toni & Guy, Great Portland Street, for supporting this year’s campaign by donating prizes for our student callers.