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Sussex alumni rally in response to Emergency Sussex Fund Hardship Appeal

The University has received £166,864 in support of student hardship and mental health and wellbeing since the Emergency Sussex Fund Hardship Appeal was launched on 3 July.

More than 500 alumni, staff and friends have come forward to offer support to help provide a lifeline for Sussex students during these unprecedented times.

Dr Marina Pedreira-Vilarino, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, said: “The kindness that our global alumni community has shown in response to the University’s Covid-19 Support Fund has been truly inspirational, and it is testament to the fondness and warmth they feel towards their alma mater.

“Their generosity is helping to provide life-transforming hardship bursaries and vital mental health support at an extraordinarily challenging time for so many of our students.”

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some students have been left with little or no source of income to pay for their rent and food during lockdown.

However, as our Student Experience teams are working hard to deal with increasing hardship applications, the impact of the current pandemic is evidently also affecting students’ mental health.

The University’s new fundraising platform allows people to support our students’ mental health needs as well as financial hardship.

Please share our new giving page with your friends and family today and help us take our support for students to the next level.

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By: Sean Armstrong
Last updated: Friday, 17 July 2020

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