Leeds students thank you to Sir Jimmy

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High-flier medical students from Leeds University gathered to give a big "thank you" to TV personality Sir Jimmy Savile for helping them take part in advanced research.

Two years ago Sir Jimmy set up a 300,000 fund, spread over five years, to support the Leeds Undergraduate Research Enterprise.

The project is intended to give the University's brightest and most able students the opportunity to work alongside professional medical researchers.

The students undertake the work during their summer vacations.


Sir Jimmy is a long-time supporter of good causes and charities.

He has worked for many years as a volunteer porter at Leeds General

Infirmary, and his support for the Leeds students project is another example of his commitment to the city.

Medical research carried out at Leeds University has helped make the city an internationally-recognised centre of excellence, attracting tens of millions of pounds of investment.

Some of the medical students who received bursaries from the money donated by Sir Jimmy, enabling them to undertake the summer research, gathered to meet him and to thank him personally.

Leeds Civic Hall.

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