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pounds 330,000 raised by generous duck.

STUDENTS at a North university are celebrating after being named Britain's top fundraisers.

Durham University's DUCK group was declared to have raised the highest amount of funds in a single year by any student charity in the country.

From 2007 to 2008, Durham University Charities Kommittee, otherwise known as DUCK, raised an impressive pounds 330,000.

They achieved this through activities including massive parties at the Student Union, encouraging people to run marathons, and even sending a team of 25 to climb Mt Kilimanjaro.

To mark the achievement, the Mayor and Lady Mayor of Durham invited the University's DUCK organisers to an official reception at the Town Hall, and them with an engraved vase bearing the city crest in recognition of their significant contribution to city life.

Coun Grenville Holland said: "The DUCK Team is a huge credit to the City of Durham, and we are tremendously proud of everything they have achieved."

DUCK manager Laura Mathews said: "We're hugely appreciative of the time and commitment that so many people have put in to enable DUCK to raise so much over the last year. We'd also particularly like to thank the people of Durham for supporting DUCK week and the Annual Grand Durham DUCK Race."

The pounds 330,000 raised by DUCK will go to charities such as the Butterwick Hospice and the Durham Wildlife Trust, as well as national groups from Barnardo's to the British Heart Foundation, and large-scale educational, health and social projects overseas.

Next Sunday lunchtime the sixth annual Duck Race takes place on Elvet Bridge, Durham. It is organised by DUCK and sponsored by Northumbrian Water.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 10, 2008
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