BENEVOLENT bioscience students raised £1,090 for charity at the annual North-East Postgraduate Conference.
Seven North-East universities were represented at this year’s event, held at Newcastle University.
The event featured keynote speakers Professor Max Robinson and Doctor Adam Rutherford, a 3D imaging expert and a science writer respectively, who donated their fees to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) as part of the fundraising.
This week, the conference organising committee handed over the cheque to the charity, which operates three air ambulance helicopters across the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria.
Megan Webster, Newcastle University student and committee chairman, said: “We asked committee members which charity they wanted to support, they went away, and when they came back, they all had the same answer – the Great North Air Ambulance Service.
“We come from a medical background, so we appreciate how important the helicopters and their crews are. Plus we always see them landing at the hospital nearby.
“Thanks to everyone who made the event a success, including all the companies and societies for donating and making the conference possible.
The conference was attended by around 350 people, the largest in the event’s eight years.
Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at GNAAS, said: “We are always humbled when people go out of their way to support the charity. Without this sort of generous donation we could not continue to fly, it’s as simple as that. We’d like to thank everyone involved for making this possible.”