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Charity Challenge 2021

Here is an update on the University’s Charity Challenge which is now taking place on the 4 and 5 June 2021. 

Due to a couple of teams having to withdraw, two team places have now become available.

There are also a couple of spaces available in other teams so if you are unable to form a team but want to participate then please let us know and we may be able to accommodate you in an established team.

This year’s Charity of the Year is Cure Leukaemia, which was selected after staff heard about the remarkable story of University of Worcester Nursing graduate, Brooke Evans. Brooke now works as a haematology nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in the same building where she received life-saving treatment five years earlier.

We hope that staff will once again come together to take part in a unique and demanding challenge to raise thousands of pounds for this good cause.

Details of the Charity Challenge

The next Charity Challenge will take place on Friday 4 June 2021 starting at 7pm and will run over 24 hours, finishing at 7pm on Saturday 5 June 2021 with a barbecue at Lakeside Campus.

It will involve teams competing in a:

  • 16-mile Night Walk (Malvern Hills to Broomhall)
  • 16-mile Canoe
  • 20-mile Cross Country Run
  • Basketball match  
  • Water Assault Course

The Challenge will be open to all University staff, partner Colleges, associated staff, and student staff.  There will be a maximum of 10 teams allowed to compete, two of which will be external organisations associated with the University.

We want this event to be as inclusive as possible.  Disabled participants and those who face challenges in actively participating in physical activity are encouraged to take part.  We have tried to ensure that as many of the activities as possible are adaptable and accessible, but if you have any further queries specific to your own personal circumstances, or would like to discuss adaptations that we may not have thought of, please feel free to get in touch and we can discuss this further.

Teams

Each team must consist of 9 competitors and 2 reserves.  Staff with a disability or who think they may face certain challenges in participating, and who would like to work with a buddy or support worker on the challenge, can do so.  Any guide runners, tandem pilots or support workers assisting staff to take part in the challenge will not be counted towards a team’s total of 9 competitors.

Teams will be required to nominate a ‘Team Captain’ who will need to attend monthly meetings from January to May. These meetings are compulsory and if the Team Captain cannot attend, they must send another member of their team as a representative.

There will be rules on how many competitors are required for each event, so teams will need to make sure individuals are capable of competing in a minimum of 3 events. For example, the night walk will require 4 members of the team to enter, mainly for safety reasons, and the Water Assault Course requires full team participation.

This is a demanding event and colleagues from the School of Sport & Exercise Science have provided expert advice around the activities.  They have also offered to support teams with training plans and guidance on safety during the events. This will be discussed in more detail at the team meetings.

What to do next ….

If you’re up for the challenge, identify a team, nominate a captain and email the challenge organising team at charitychallenge@worc.ac.uk by the deadline of Monday 8 March 2021.  Likewise, if you wish to take up one of the space places on an existing team.

As it is multidisciplinary, the event structure is quite complex.  If you have any further queries or are trying to determine if the event is right for you, please contact Tom Taylor directly and he will be happy to discuss any questions you may have.

The challenge will need a support team covering such duties as driving, administration and marshalling etc.  If you cannot participate in the challenge for whatever reason but would like to be part of the support team then please e-mail charitychallenge@worc.ac.uk.

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