Tingewick, a charity group run by Oxford University medical students, has created a virtual “Oxford Unlocked” charity raffle, with over 70 prizes on offer. The prizes are collectively worth over £2000 and each ticket costs £2. All funds raised will be donated to Oxford Hospitals Charity and Calon Hearts charity, which are the charities Tingewick has chosen to support this year. Winners will be announced on the 17th May. 

The society hosts a range of fundraising events across the calendar year, which lead up to an annual Christmas pantomime performed in front of hospital patients. Prizes included in the latest raffle hopes to promote local businesses, with prizes including a bag of coffee beans from The Missing Bean and Jericho Coffee Traders, a pair of tickets for an event at The Bullingdon and an £849 touring bike donated by Cycloanalysts. 

The charities chosen by Tingewick, Oxford Hospitals Charity and Calon Hearts, are also particularly close to the Oxford community. Oxford hospitals Charity supports NHS staff in Oxford working on the pandemic frontline through funding extra psychological support. The charity also funds specialist equipment for patients. Calon Hearts is a charity chosen in memory of Issie Mogg, a “much-loved and greatly missed friend and medical student of Oxford University” who passed away of an undiagnosed heart condition in 2018. Calon Hearts is a charity which works to tackle heart disease in Wales by placing defibrillators in communities and delivering the training of CPR and defibrillation as well. 

Meirian Evans, Producer of the society and 4th-year medical student, said: “As medical students, supporting our hospitals however we can is always incredibly important to us, and in the current climate it is more important than ever, that’s why we’ve chosen to fundraise for Oxford Hospitals Charity this year. We’re supporting Calon Hearts, to improve defibrillator access across Wales; this is hugely personal to all of us, and we hope that our fundraising efforts this year will be a fitting tribute to our friend Issie.”

A link to the raffle can be found here

Image courtesy of Tingewick. 

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