What a Difference a Day Makes

A look at the year when staff, students and the public used their extra day of the leap year to fundraise for University projects.

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Abseiling down David Hume Tower
\nAbseiling down David Hume Tower, September 2016 © Callum Bennetts/Maverick Photo Agency Ltd\n

Some unusual and adventurous fundraising has already taken place, including a record-breaking Bake Sale on ‘leap day’ itself, and an abseil from one of Edinburgh’s tallest buildings, the University’s David Hume Tower. Also, supporters have walked over burning embers or crawled through mud to help a cause close to their heart.

The areas supported by our Bigleapers include:

  • The Free Legal Advice Centre, which supports members of the Edinburgh community
  • The Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre, which investigates the causes of childhood epilepsy
  • Access to Sport, which aims to make sport accessible to everyone
  • The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, which is one of the world’s most innovative and influential centres for student education, veterinary care and animal welfare
  • The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, which is a clinical research facility focusing on neurological conditions, especially neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and dementias
  • Hope Park Counselling Centre, which is a practice and research centre that provides counselling to the local community and gives counsellors in training invaluable experience.