30 October 2009

Landmark 7000th Donation for University

Photo: Martin and Julie Fry with the Vice-Chancellor

Martin Fry, legendary frontman of 80’s pop group ABC, may have ditched his gold suit these days, but he helped the University reach a new golden landmark when he attended the recent alumni reunion weekend.

A generous donation by Martin (BA 1979) and his wife Julie to the Anniversary Reunion campaign was the 7,000th individual donation to the University since 2002.

Since this date, the University has received over £14 million in charitable donations, in gifts and confirmed pledges, from alumni, current and former staff, parents, friends, businesses and trusts. These donations are an increasingly important source of income, helping the University to provide the best possible resources and support for students, and helping to maintain its position as one of the UK’s top universities.

Martin and Julie’s gift also helped the annual anniversary campaign achieve a record total of £60,000 - almost double the amount raised by the 2008 anniversary classes. The donations made by this year’s anniversary classes of 1949,1959, 1969, 1979 and 1984 will be directed to our Alumni Fund Scholarship programme, providing scholarships of £3,000 each for gifted students who need a little extra financial help.
(Read individual profiles of some of our current scholarship students by clicking on the link below).

“We’re incredibly grateful to Martin and Julie, and to all our donors,” said Vice-Chancellor Professor Keith Burnett. “They make a tremendous contribution to the ongoing success of the University and help us to provide an even better education for our students. We see the positive effect of these gifts everywhere, from additional IT provision, to funding for world-leading research – and most importantly the transforming effect they have on actual individual lives. I’d like to say a very heartfelt thank you to all our supporters and hope that you are very proud of all the success you are helping to achieve for Sheffield.”