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What is RAG?

RAG stands for Raising and Giving. Sheffield RAG started out in 1920 as ‘Hospital Saturday’ where medical students raised funds for local hospitals.

At present, we raise money and also help students raise money from students in the University of Sheffield for charities around Sheffield and South Yorkshire. 

Sheffield RAG is a working committee of students at Sheffield Students’ Union that organizes loads of fundraising events over the academic year. All fundraising is completely student-led, this means that the committee, and student groups they work with, choose exactly which events they want to run, and the charities that benefit. Supported by a full time staff member, they aim to raise as much money as possible, and have a lot of fun in the process!

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Despite a year of virtual delivery, lockdown and limited resources...... In 2020-2021 RAG raised over £17,000 for 49 different good causes. In 2021-2022, we're hoping you'll help us bounce back from the pandemic and raise over £50,000.


We raise money primarily through putting on a whole academic year of exciting fundraising events; everything from bake sales to bungee jumps.

Some of our main events are (list is non-exhaustive)

  • Spiderwalk – a 13 mile night hike through the peaks
  • Baby Bummit- A charity hitchhike from Sheffield to another city in the UK
  • Big Bummit – A charity hitchhike from Sheffield to a country in Central Europe
  • Give As You Rent
  • Sleep Out To Speak Out – Sleeping overnight under university concourse to raise awareness and funds for Sheffield’s homeless charities.
  • RAG Week – 7 days of events, working with societies and clubs across the university to raise money for charity
  • RAGvent – Sheffield RAG’s annual charity Christmas raffle with fantastic prizes up for grabs

Upcoming Events

Watch this space for upcoming events in the new academic year!


Get involved!

You can help us out by becoming RAG Reps Volunteer and help organise events. Volunteer for 10 hours with RAG Reps and it will be recorded on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

If you’d like to go beyond, you can become a member of our lovely committee by attending our Election meetings at our AGMs! (Usually in March). We usually post this on our Facebook page, so follow us on social media by following the links on the top!

Our Charities

We love the community that we become a part of as students, so we aim to donate 85% of our annual total to local charities in South Yorkshire and the North Derbyshire area. We like to make a difference to smaller charities who cannot afford to have large-scale fundraising programmes.

How Can You Raise Money With Us?

If you are a student at the uni and you’d like to know how to fundraise with our help, check this out and see below

Take part in our events

Look out for exciting opportunities across the year to raise money for lots of different charities and take part in once-in-a-lifetime events, such as the legendary Spiderwalk, a 13 mile sponsored night walk. Email rag@sheffield.ac.uk for more info

Work with Adopt a Charity

RAG’s ‘Adopt a Charity’ scheme works with clubs and societies to help you fundraise for charities of your choice. You can also claim back up to 45% of your fundraising for your own club or society funds! We can help with things like budgeting, planning, marketing, resources and legal stuff and help you to engage with the charities you support. Email adoptacharity@sheffieldrag.com

Become a RAG Rep

Become a RAG Rep and learn fundraising skills from our workshops, gain HEAR, make new friends and put on your own fundraising events with groups of like-minded individuals. Email ragreps@sheffieldrag.com