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Fund-raisers Nancy and Josh work hard for their money

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Nancy (in the green hat) on her trip to Peru last year

Two Long Road students have been working extremely hard to raise money for good causes both here and abroad.

Nancy Bending-Beckett

Nancy needs to raise £4850 to go to Senegal for a year to teach English. Nancy, who is studying French, Drama and Psychology at Long Road, will be a volunteer with Project Trust.

“I’ve always loved travelling,” she says. “I went to Peru last year with our local Woodcraft group on an International Children’s Rights camp.”

After a week’s training on the Isle of Coll in Scotland in July, Nancy will be flying to Dakar, the capital of Senegal. She will then be heading off to a remote village in the east of the country. “I asked to go somewhere rural,” she explains.

Nancy has only raised half the money she needs so far. She is organising all kinds of event to boost her funds, ranging from a pub quiz, a children’s Easter workshop, a drama workshop, a screening of a Senegalese film, an auction on 23 May at the Ross Street Community centre and a gig at The Junction on 1 June: All for One and One for All, which will have eight bands playing plus a poetry session. Most intriguing is the Stationolympics – not sport on the platform at Cambridge station but games and sports using items of stationery!

Nancy has a page on the Justgiving website: and can be contacted for further information via marked for the attention of the Marketing Officer.

Josh Gladwell

Josh, who is studying Environmental Studies, History and Photography, is raising money for quite a different cause, and in quite a different way.

“My dad, uncle, friend, brother and I are taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge this July,” he explains. “We’re raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The aim of the the challenge is to climb the highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) in 24 hours – including travel time from one to another. Two friends will be driving the climbers from mountain to mountain, so there may be time for a quick nap, but this is a very tough challenge.

“I’ve never done hillwalking before,” admits Josh, “though my dad cycled from Plymouth to the Gambia a year or so ago, and raised about £2,000 for Macmillan – we have family experience of Macmillan and are keen to support them.”

Josh is going to Snowdonia over the Easter holidays to get fit. “I have played rugby in the past,” he says, “but haven’t had much time recently.”

Josh, his family and friends have raised about £900 so far. They too have a page on Justgiving:, but if you would like further information about Josh’s attempt, please email and mark it for the attention of the Marketing Officer.