RAG (Raising & Giving)

LSESU RAG - the fundraising arm of the Students' Union!

LSESU RAG is one of the fastest growing RAG societies in the country, raising over £200,000 last year alone! Three-time award winning, RAG raises money for a number of amazing causes, facilitates society and club fundraising, and tries to increase students' exposure to amazing charitable causes.

Choose who we fundraise for


Charities of the Year Election is opening soon - check back here to find out how you get your vote! 

Every year, LSE students select 3 charities to support, and RAG directs the majority of its fundraising towards our 3 Charities of the Year. Each charity represents either a local, national, or international cause.


The causes that LSE students chose to support last year (2017/2018) are:

Local Charity of the Year:

  • Single Homeless Project:
  • Single Homeless Project (SHP) is a London-wide charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives

National Charity of the Year:

  • Mind: 
  • Mind, the mental health charity, offers information & advice, and works to raise public awareness & understanding of issues surrounding mental health

International Charity of the Year:

  • Teach a Man to Fish: 
  • Teach a Man to Fish works with schools across the world to set up educational and profitable school businesses teaching students entrepreneurial skills and generating much-needed extra income for schools


RAG also has a huge number of events planned such as the unforgettable RAG Band, Winter Drinks, and our RAG Week in Week 3 of Lent Term. 

RAG Band 2018

The RAG Band will get you free entry into the official Welcome Week club nights, plus your very own Battle of the Halls t-shirts. These club nights have been selected by LSE students, for LSE students, and are part of the official LSE Students' Union Welcome Week which includes trips and tours across London, alcohol-free Alternative Freshers' Nights, and the unmissable two-day extravaganza that is the Welcome Fair.

LSESU RAG will be hosting these club nights in some of London’s most famous clubs between the 23rd and 27th of September. Details of the nights and (plus freebies included in the RAG Pack) will be revealed via Facebook in the coming weeks. Your purchase of the RAG Band will help us fundraise even more this year, meaning your partying is helping amazing causes, both at home and abroad.

You must be 18 years of age, or over, to attend RAG Band events, this is due to UK licencing laws..

For all the latest information, join the Facebook event Facebook Event, like LSESU RAG on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..

To get info about ALL of LSE Students' Union's Welcome Week events, head to the only official full LSE Freshers' groups: http://bit.ly/lsesuug17 (for Undergrads) and http://bit.ly/lsesupg17 (for Postgrads).

RAG Week 2018

This is a week where we run various cgharitable and volunteering events throughout the week ranging from puppy therapy with All Dogs Matter to a charitable Dragon's Den style event with the Young Funding Network (YFN) and the LSE Volunteer Centre.

If your society or club would like to collaborate with RAG during RAG week, get in touch with us: su.rag@lse.ac.uk


Once-in-a-lifetime Challenges: 


Our international challenge offerings this year are the most diverse and exciting yet:


Kilimanjaro Trek for Hope for Children


In one of our toughest and most-exhilarating challenges on offer, follow the stunning Lemosho route to the roof of Africa and summit Mount Kilimanjaro! Feel on top of the world 5896m above sea level, and clamber above the sea of clouds to reach the top of this volcano. We are delighted to be able to offer this challenge again through Hope for Children, and your fundraising will contribute towards their goal of giving every child a happy, healthy, and positive childhood. This challenge will take place over summer 2019.


Machu Picchu Trek for Action Against Hunger


As LSESU RAG's most popular external challenge for several years, we are anything but short of participants who would encourage you not to miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity. With a slightly smaller fundraising target than our Kilimanjaro hike but equally beautiful sights of the Peruvian Andes and Ancient City, Machu Picchu has been a favourite amongst students. Continuing from last year's success, we are running the challenge again with the fantastic charity Action Against Hunger who work to save the lives of malnourished children. This challenge will take place over summer 2019.


3 Peaks Challenge for Meningitis Research Foundation


If you fancy a challenge closer to LSE, we are pleased to offer our 3 Peaks Challenge: climb the UK’s three tallest mountains within 24 hours! This challenge will take you across the United Kingdom to Scafell Pike in England (978m), Mount Snowdon in Wales (1085m) and Ben Nevis in Scotland (1344m). Your fundraising will assist Meningitis Research Foundation in their projects to detect, prevent, and treat meningitis and septicaemia. This challenge will take place around the UK. Dates TBC.



London to Paris Cycle for Breast Cancer Now


This year we are again offering our long-running flagship challenge and the opportunity to have the time of your life. Spend 3 days on 2 wheels travelling from the suburbs of London across the channel and through the stunning French countryside before finishing at the Eiffel Tower in the heart of Paris. This challenge has been a longstanding LSE tradition, and your work will support the vital research of the amazing Breast Cancer Now charity. This challenge will take place over summer 2019.


RAG don't just fundraise for their own charities – we also facilitate and support students who want to raise money for charity whether they're part of a society, club or organising something themselves!

Any money you raise also goes towards the annual RAG Total and you'll even be recognised for your efforts! 

Fundraising Forms can be collected from the Activities Resource Centre - located on the 1st Floor of the Saw Swee Hock Building. 


Fundraisers Code of Conduct:

LSESU RAG has a responsibility to the Union, the School, and the charities it fundraises for, to fundraise in a responsible and transparent way. Anyone working with LSESU RAG, on an event or using RAG collection buckets is operating under the LSESU RAG banner and name. Therefore LSESU RAG asks those fundraising to be respectful of this and to operate in a professional, polite and positive manner when dealing with other students, staff and the general public. RAG aims to provide ongoing support and training to volunteer fundraisers.

RAG must always:

  • - Ensure that organisers brief their volunteers on the fundraising activity and that fundraisers are properly briefed on their relationship to the charity that they are raising money for.
  • - Provide fundraisers with information on RAG and the charity they are fundraising for so that they can properly explain this to members of the public/wider student body.

Fundraisers must always:

  • - Conduct their activities in such a way as not to bring RAG, LSESU, or LSE into disrepute.
  • - Be courteous and non-aggressive.
  • - Make sure to not impede, obstruct or cause a nuisance to members of the public and the wider LSE community.
  • - Be clear that they are representatives of RAG, and are not representatives of an external charity (excluding special circumstances such as RAG Raids).
  • - Seek permission from relevant authorities to undertake fundraising activities and comply with the law.
  • - Inform RAG of their fundraising activities before they undertake them.

Celebrating Student Volunteering and Fundraising at LSE

Get your volunteering and fundraising work recognised by the LSE community.

Every year the Students' Union recognise student led fundraising on the LSE campus through the SU Awards, where you can get your chance to be recognised for your efforts and be in with a chance to win 'Best Contribution to Student Fundraising' or 'Best Fundraising Project/Event'.

LSESU RAG also work in collaboartion with the LSE Volunteer Centre to run an annual event to celebrate volunteering and fundraising at LSE. The LSE Volunteering Awards recogise a LSE student and charitable organisation that have gone above and beyond for 'LSE Volunteer of the Year' and 'Voluntary Organisation of the Year'.

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