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Big Sunday Funday draws more than 1,000 people to Glyndŵr University

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September 29 2015

Glyndŵr University reinforced its place at the heart of the Wrexham community by welcoming more than a thousand people to its first ever Big Sunday Funday.

Raising money for the University charity – Glyndŵr Giving – and NHS organisation Awyr Las (Blue Sky), the Plas Coch campus was awash with sunshine and colour as crowds flocked to enjoy Jan De Koning fairground rides, food and drinks stalls, outdoor games, a land train, Disney characters and daredevil motorcycle riders, as well as getting a taste of what the institution has to offer thanks to Techniquest, the learning dome and Oculus Rift technology.

The popular event comes at the start of the new academic year, as students returned and new starters arrived to begin their studies in north east Wales.

It also follows the launch of a five-year strategy, a new collaborative agreement with the University of Chester and the unveiling of this year’s Honorary Fellows.

Jemma Kinch, Fundraising and Alumni Executive at Glyndŵr University Wrexham, said the bright sunshine and variety of attractions on offer contributed to a “very special day”.

“It was so heartening to see so many people here on campus enjoying themselves, and raising money for the two charities,” said Jemma.

“A lot of hard work has gone into this, from the University and Cath Humes and the team at Awyr Las.

“We are thrilled to see that it paid off, it was a very special day.”

She added: “We are hoping that this will be the first of many and would again like to thank everyone who attended, particularly those people who volunteered and the many stallholders and entertainers who joined us on the day.”

Other activities on the day included a visit from Nel Del, the Awyr Las bear, trampolines, arts and crafts, Set the Bar coffee shop and café bar, Clwyd Clippers barbershop singers, Calon FM, Wrexham Riders, a fun house and much more.

Alison Griffiths, Assistant Director of Nursing in North Wales, said the partnership between Glyndŵr University Wrexham and Awyr Las is a huge positive for the town.

“We are all delighted and grateful that Glyndŵr University partnered with the NHS Charity in North Wales to help raise money and make more people aware of the impact that the charity has on patients, carers and their families in the region,” said Alison.

“I’m sure that patients on the children’s ward in Wrexham Maelor Hospital will be very grateful for the extra toys and medical equipment that the ward will have thanks to the money raised at the Big Sunday Funday.

“We’d like to thank everyone who got made the day such a success, particularly those from the children’s ward and staff at Glyndŵr University.”

The University is gearing up for another big day on campus; the next open day takes place on Saturday, October 10 from 10am-2pm.

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