The 2016 Telethon ended on Sunday 2nd October, with another fantastic campaign for Somerville.
This year’s campaign, thanks to the generosity of our alumni and friends, is set to have raised north of £313,000 in cash and pledges to our Annual Fund, which supports the core activities of the College, including bursary provision, maintaining our buildings and facilities and supporting the tutorial system. Thank you to everyone who spoke with our students and for your generosity and support of the Fund.
The student callers have had a fantastic time, enjoying wonderful conversations with our alumni from all over the world and hearing about their lives at Somerville and since. We would like to thank everyone who was able to speak with a student for their time and we hope that you enjoyed your conversations.
Around 64% of alumni and parents contacted chose to make a donation and letters will shortly be sent out to all those who were not able to speak with during the Telethon. We hope that a student may be able to speak with you again next year.
Student callers phoned over 700 people, with a high proportion of alumni giving regular gifts for the first time, which really does help the College plan ahead more effectively and with longer term goals in mind. However, what is always so fantastic about the campaign is that many Somervillians and friends join together at whatever level they feel comfortable with in order to support current and future generations of students. A special thanks should also be given to the team of student callers who worked very hard and had some fantastic conversations with alumni! The efforts of the students were helped by the generous group of alumni who participated in the fourth Somerville Matched Fund initiative, which as in the past, provided a pot of gifts which were used to match donations from Somervillians who decided to make a regular donation to the College.