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More than £1,600 raised for charity by University staff quiz

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(L-R): Katy Graham (Santander) alongside Graeme Matheson (Staff Charities Committee), Michael Hamill (Santander), Peter Hancock (Staff Charities Committee), Graham Harvey (Forth Valley Disability Sport) and Lynne Black (Staff Charities Committee).

The University of Stirling and Santander have raised more than £1,600 for a local charity that provides sporting opportunities to people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities.

A charity pub quiz – featuring staff teams from both the University and local Santander branches – raised £813 and the banking giant has now matched that figure, taking the total to £1,626.

Members of the Staff Charities Fund, together with Santander representatives, presented the cheque to Forth Valley Disability Sport (FVDS) at the bank’s on-campus branch today.

Professor Peter Hancock, chairman of the Staff Charities Fund, said: “We are delighted to have worked with Santander on our Staff Charities Fund Pub Quiz 2018. We are pleased to have collected £813 on the night – and are thankful to Santander for matching the amount raised.

“Forth Valley Disability Sport is a great cause that provides vital support to develop, support and promote sport and physical activity opportunities for people with a disability in the Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire areas. We hope that these funds raised will help this deserving organisation continue their vital work in the local community.”

Held at the Birds and Bees pub in Stirling, the quiz saw 11 teams – from the University and Santander’s on-campus and city centre branches – battle it out for top spot. After tackling a number of rounds – including music, books and Scottish landmarks – the trophy was lifted by Clueless Team.

Michael Hamill, of the University’s Santander branch, said: “The charity quiz night was a great event to be part of and a huge success. It’s fantastic that together the University of Stirling and Santander have shown their support for such an important local charity.”

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Graham Harvey, Branch Coordinator at FVDS, said: “Forth Valley Disability Sport would like to say a huge thank you to the University of Stirling Staff and Santander for their support.

“This very kind donation will help us provide sporting and physical activity sessions for people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities in our local community. Once again, thank you.”

Forth Valley Disability Sport is a charitable organisation that works with many agencies and partners to provide sporting opportunities to children, young people and adults with physical, sensory and learning disabilities.

The Staff Charities Fund supports causes which offer help to people in the local area, nationally, across the UK, and worldwide. Each year, it donates around £15,000 to emergency appeals and to humanitarian organisations – such as the Strathcarron Hospice, Alzheimer Scotland, Macmillan Cancer Support, the Joliba Trust, Oxfam, UNICEF – and many more.

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