A team of staff took to the streets of Birmingham yesterday in the city’s Half Marathon, raising money for the University’s Charity of the Year, Smile for Joel.
Charlie Bassett, from the Finance team, Mark Kilburn and Steve Harborne from Facilities, and Neil Laurenson, who works in the University’s Careers Service, all completed the challenge.
Neil finished in 1:17, Charlie in 1:58, Mark completed in 2:15 and Steve in 2:19.
Smile for Joel was set up by the family of Joel Richards, who was tragically killed in the Tunisian terror attack in 2015, alongside his uncle, Adrian Evans, and grandfather, Patrick Evans. It aims to support other families who are victims of murder and terrorism.
Joel was a Physical Education and Sports Coaching Science student at the University and his younger brother, Owen, who survived the horrific events, is now studying for a degree in Sports Studies here.
“I think the charity is one that we all feel particularly proud to be supporting due to Joel’s connection with the University before his life was cut so tragically short,” said Mark.
“Given Joel’s enthusiasm for sport, doing a sporting event is a great way of honouring him.”
The Half Marathon runners are still hoping to hit their target of £500. To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/universityofworcesterstaff