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Karnival is the University of Nottingham's student-run charity, and the largest one of its kind in Europe, raising a record-breaking £1,766,528.26 in 2014!

Karnival is a charity focused student-run service aiming to fundraise as much money as possible with the support of our students!

We do this in many ways, partly with the biggest and best events at university, including Nottingham institutions the '7 Legged' bar crawl, St. Paddy's, the Safe Sex ball and a year long culminatuion of the epic and extravagant Snowflake Ball!

Karnival also offer rag-raids across the UK, including London Mega-raids, regularly raising tens of thousands of pounds for national charities such as Breast Cancer Campaign, Children with Cancer and Marie Curie - in 2014 we raised £66,552.72 in one day for Poppy Appeal! 

We also support charities by taking hundreds of students on fundraising challenges, from climbing Mt Kilimanjaro to trekking to the lost city of the Incas, as well as smaller trips like the London to Paris bike ride. Karnival helps the student's of Nottingham to raise hundreds of thousands for charity, whilst having the opportunity to go on the trip of a lifetime.

As well as fundraising activities, Karnival aid and support the local community through volunteer work 'Kontact', from volunteering on the children's ward in QMC, to farm trips with disabled children, to the annual Sherry Party for the elderly, Kontact will get involved with anyone end everyone in the community!

To find out more or get involved with Karnival, sign up to our mailing list, see one of your hall Karnr reps, or visit our blog


Karnival have shortlisted charities they would like to support more extensively throughout 2017/18 - but we need your help to choose! Please log in to cast a vote in the LOCAL, NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL chosen charities polls before 30th November. Winning charities will be announced at this year's infamous Snowflake ball. 

Local Charities Poll
Please choose the LOCAL charity that you would like Karnival to work with

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Information about these charities:

The Tomorrow Project - The Tomorrow Project is a confidential suicide prevention project that has been set up to support individuals and communities to prevent suicide. Suicide leaves behind devastation on many levels, with many questions and concerns. Those directly affected are left with bereavement and loss, so it is essential that help is at hand.

Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum - a forward-thinking organisation that is passionate about empowering refugees and asylum seekers to integrate into the local community and UK society as a whole. They do this by: 1. Providing a safe and welcoming space where everyone is treated with respect, compassion and dignity 2. Offering free and impartial advice 3. Positively embracing and celebrating differences 4. Offering practical support to those who have no means to support themselves 5. Building effective partnerships with community groups and relevant organisations 

Rainbows Hospice for Children & Young People - Rainbows is the only Children's Hospice in the East Midlands caring for children and young people from Nottingham and across the region that have life threatening illnesses. Their Vision: Every baby, child and young person with a life limiting illness to receive the help they need to experience a quality of life before a dignified death, with families supported through every stage of their journey. 

Equation - Their goal is for everyone to have equal, healthy relationships, in a society free from domestic abuse, sexual violence and gender inequality. They deliver education to the whole community to prevent domestic abuse, promote gender equality and raise aspirations for healthy relationships.  They support the well-being and safety of survivors. They are a small local charity but do a huge amount of work in Nottinghamshire. 

National Charities Poll
Please choose the NATIONAL charity that you would like Karnival to work with

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Information about these charities:

Guide Dogs - In the UK today, almost two million people are living with sight loss and of those, around 180,000 rarely leave their homes alone and many suffer from depression and struggle with feelings of isolation. Their aim is to provide people with sight loss with the support they need to be able to move around safely and confidently, to get out of their homes and be able to live life the way they choose. They are best known for achieving this through our world-famous guide dogs, but our work now encompasses so much more. In recent years, we have extended our work to other areas to help people with sight loss tackle obstacles they face on a daily basis.

Student Mindsthe UK’s student mental health charity. They empower students and members of the university community to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health, support others and create change. They train students and staff in universities across the UK to deliver student-led peer support interventions as well as research-driven campaigns and workshops. By working collaboratively across sectors, we share best practice and ensure that the student voice influences decisions about student mental health.

Anthony Nolan - Anthony Nolan saves the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders. Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is told the devastating news that they have blood cancer. For many of these people, chemotherapy and other drug treatments don’t work. But there is hope – a stem cell (or bone marrow) transplant can offer a potential cure and save their life. Two thirds of patients who need a transplant cannot find a matching donor within their own family, so around 2,000 people in the UK need a stem cell (or bone marrow) transplant from a stranger each year, and that’s where Anthony Nolan comes in. Their vision is that every patient will receive the best possible match, have a successful transplant and enjoy a good quality of life afterwards.

The Lullaby TrustThe Lullaby Trust funds research into the causes and prevention of sudden infant death, provides specialist support for bereaved families and promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep. They are a national charity operating across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and, since our hugely successful Back to Sleep campaign in 1991, we have been pivotal in reducing SIDS by over 80%. However, around 230 babies still die of SIDS every year in the UK. The Lullaby Trust has set a target of halving the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in the UK by 2020. Ultimately their goal is to eradicate SIDS.

International Charities Poll
Please choose the INTERNATIONAL charity that you would like Karnival to work with

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Information about these charities:

Childreach International - Their Vision: A world where all children have the opportunity to fulfill their potential in life. Their Mission: To restore child-rights and empower children to create positive change through community based solutions, ensuring children have improved access to education, protection and healthcare. We will work in communities to develop and demonstrate best practice, engaging and collaborating with key players to take our work beyond the boundaries of our organisation.

Cool EarthCool Earth is an experimental NGO that aims to halt Climate Change through deforestation by working alongside rainforest communities. They put local people back in control of their forest, build sustainable livelihoods and, in doing so, present alternatives to destructive land use or illegal logging. All Cool Earth partnerships are community-led and work to break the cycle of deforestation, which can entrench villages into debt bondage, devastate biodiversity and contribute to anthropogenic climate change. Cool Earth has experimented with community-led approaches that ensure rainforest yields a greater income and provides better community access to healthcare and education when it is kept intact than when degraded or destroyed.

URAFIKI - URAFIKI means friendship in Swahili - and the friendships we form at University last us a lifetime. They are a group of Notts Uni friends from the 80s who work as volunteers in the UK with a fantastic team in a poverty stricken rural area in Yala, South West Kenya. Basically we are trying to wipe out poverty through direct action. So together we educate kids, give them technical skills and get them into university and diploma courses so they can be the next generation to feed their families.

Porridge & Rice - Porridge and Rice fights extreme poverty through education in the Nairobi slums. Extreme poverty is defined by the World Bank as a family living on less than $1.90 a day. These families experience chronic hunger and malnutrition, struggle for accommodation and essential services like clean water, and lack access to sanitation and health care. Porridge and Rice supports education to break the cycle of poverty. The charity adopts a holistic, human-rights-based approach dealing with issues as wide ranging as new classrooms to Female Genital Mutilation. 



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Challenges Coordinator
Florence Marsac
Sean Forshaw
Events Co-ordinator
Molly Doherty
Charles John Francis Trumper
External Fundraising
Georgia Alice Knight McGregor
Kontact Director
Byron Obiorah Oputa
Publicity & Campaigns
Emma Bowser
Rag Raid Co-ordinator
Frederick Redvers Evans
Rag Raid Logistics
Sophie Emma Thomas
Olivia Charlotte Wilson
RAG Welfare
Matthew Anthony Simpson
Laura Jane Giles