DMU Students and staff raise thousands for India after 100ft abseil

By Aidan Thompson

Students and staff members from De Montfort University have raised more than £5,000 after abseiling down the side of Gateway House.

The 100ft drop played venue to dozens of students this week after more than 40 people had signed up to raise money for the DMU Square Mile India, the fund which the university had launched to help develop lives of some of the poorest people in India.

The abseil coincides with tabseil-2560x746he one year anniversary of Square Mile India.

Five of the volunteers who came to show their support, were all on the same course – Game Art.

Four students and their lecturer leapt off the side of Gateway House, sporting their own custom promotional t-shirts in support of mental health awareness.

Lecturer Chris was the first to make the rapid descent.

Organiser of the abseiling event, Sam Wright said: “The event went fantastic. We had 42 people sign up to take the plunge.

“I am looking into getting a Zipwire brought in that will go down Mill Lane as the next fundraising event.”

DMU Square Mile India was launched in February 2016 as a project which saw DMU students showcase their skills to make positive changes to thousands of people’s lives in India, creating an overseas branch for DMU’s Square Mile project and also involving #DMUglobal.

Regular donations from £2 per month are welcomed by the Square Mile India Fund.

For more information about the programme and more ways to get involved, please contact Amy White on

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