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Winter Telephone Campaign 2022

Trinity is preparing to run its WinterTelethon. From 3 – 18 December, a group of dedicated student callers will be speaking to alumni all over the world, sharing their experiences at Trinity, updating alumni on what the College is like during a pandemic, as well as asking for support for the College.

Earlier this year, alumni pledged a fantastic £317,000 meaning that Trinity is able to provide more funding for students, and the College’s Widening Participation programmes, as well as for the Choir and the First and Third Trinity Boat Club.

We look forward to speaking with you soon. If you would prefer not to receive a call, please contact us on [email protected] or call +44 (0)1223 338548.


Spotlight on our callers

Harry Devlin

I’m Harry, second year English Student. I particularly enjoy studying Late Middle Ages and I’m currently conducting research about Romani Travellers in 19th century poetry. I play prop on the College rugby team and I am also the Access Officer for the TCSU. This is my first Telethon and I look forward to learning about Trinity’s array of alumni.

Tor Warner

My name is Tor, and I am a third year student of Chemical Engineering.  I am involved most actively in the Cambridge University Clay Pigeon Shooting Club, Energy Technology Society and Chemical Engineering Society.  I have experienced amazing things while at Trinity College, and I look forward to helping to ensure future students can enjoy them too.

Rhiannon Penning

My name’s Rhiannon, and I’m a second year English Literature student here at Trinity. I’m currently involved with the University Ballet Club, and have worked with the Watersprite Film Festival. This is my first Telethon, and I look forward to helping raise money for the great schemes and opportunities that Trinity has to offer.

James Redlaff

I’m James, a fifth year medical student. In my time at Trinity, I’ve been part of the University competitive Ballroom & Latin team, helped to found the mental health education charity, Headucate. This will now be my seventh Telethon, so it’s safe to say I enjoy them, and I’m sure this one will be no different!

Molly Papps (Telethon Assistant) 

I am delighted to be working as the Telethon Assistant supporting the student callers and the ARDO office during this time. During my time at Trinity, I have got involved with the Trinity College Student Union as the Mental Health and Disabled Students’ Officer. I am also a keen singer with the choir of Corpus Christi College. I’m thoroughly enjoying my time here.

Telethon FAQs

What is the Telethon?

The Telethon is an annual telephone fundraising campaign run by the Alumni Relations and Development Office. It aims to raise important funds for College initiatives, as well as to connect our current students with alumni. Last year, our student callers spoke with over 400 alumni from all over the world.

What is the College raising money for?

The Telethon is raising money for the Annual Fund, including student support. You can hear from Trinity students who have benefited from alumni donations here, and read about the other priorities for the Annual Fund here.

How do I know if I will be called?

You will receive a postcard or an email around a month before calling begins. If you have received a communication from us and do not wish to be called, please email [email protected] or call + 44 (0)1223 338548.

When and where does calling take place?

The Telethon will be taking place from 3-18 December. Calling takes place at Trinity from Monday to Thursday between 18:30 and 21:30 GMT, on Saturdays between 10:00 and 17:00 GMT, and on Sundays between 15:00 and 20:00 GMT. If you live overseas we will take this into account when choosing a time to call you.

Are the students paid or do they volunteer?

The students are paid for their work by the College, which also provides free accommodation during the Telethon. The students’ work on the Telethon is approved by the Tutorial Office and, because they work mainly in the evenings, calling fits well around revision. The students are not paid out of the funds they raise for Trinity.

Are the students trained?

Yes, the students receive full training from the Alumni Relations and Development Office directly before the start of the campaign.

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