Give Back > COVID-19 Appeal > Update October 2020

Emergency Hardship Fund: COVID-19 - we still need your help


Sir David Bell, University of Sunderland Vice-Chancellor

Almost four months ago, the University of Sunderland launched an appeal to support students experiencing financial hardship due to the Covid-19 crisis. We are delighted that over 90 alumni, friends, business partners and University of Sunderland staff members have already donated and helped raise almost £9,000 for our Emergency Hardship Fund. A total of 115 students have now received financial support to help them continue their studies in these unprecedented times.

Sir David Bell KCB, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University, said: “The COVID-19 Emergency Hardship Fund is a vital response to the financial difficulties being faced by many of our students as a result of the pandemic. Through the generosity of our partner Santander, who have contributed £11,000, and the University’s own £30,000 contribution, the Fund is off to a flying start.”

We are extremely grateful for all donations received so far and so are our students. We will be sharing more of their stories in the near future.

We are committed to providing immediate financial support to vulnerable students who continue to be affected by this crisis.  Please consider giving a gift to our Emergency Hardship Fund: COVID-19. It takes less than 2 minutes to donate and you can choose to give a one-time gift or make a regular donation.

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