Big Walk 2018: The results are in 

The Big Walk has raised £86,000 towards the Sheffield Scanner campaign from over 3,000 individual donations, taking the University of Sheffield one step closer towards its vision to bring a revolutionary medical imaging facility to Yorkshire.

Marathon-distance walk

A total of 319 intrepid members of staff, students, alumni and friends of the University came together on 20 June 2018 to embark on the 26.2-mile marathon-distance walk.

Walkers made their way through breathtaking areas of the Peak District, including Stanage Edge, Derwent Edge and Low Bradfield. Together they covered over 8,500 miles – the equivalent of walking from Sheffield to Darwin in Northern Australia. Their final stop was the University Arms at the heart of campus, where they congregated for a well-earned celebratory barbecue.

Relive the Big Walk 2018

Funding vital medical research

This year’s Big Walk took place in support of the Sheffield Scanner campaign which aims to raise £2 million to fund a ground-breaking MRI-PET facility in the city. The new scanner will transform understanding of serious conditions, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and Motor Neuron Disease. It will be the first of its kind in Yorkshire and one of only eight in the UK.

Thanks to generous donations – including those from Big Walkers and their supporters – the appeal total now stands at over £1.7 million.

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Artist's impression of the Sheffield Scanner facility

Making a difference

From completing a personal challenge to having the opportunity to experience stunning scenery, each walker had their own unique reason for taking part in the Big Walk. There was a special motivation for supporting the Sheffield Scanner for alumna and member of staff at the University, Becky Masaba Kituyi, as she explains:

“The Sheffield Scanner has the opportunity to make a real difference to so many lives. It has a personal significance for me as my nan passed away a few years ago and shortly after, my grandad passed away too. Both suffered from different forms of dementia.

“Medically, it can help thousands of patients but it is also so much more than that. When someone is ill it is not just them that suffers, their family and friends are affected too.

She looked back on the walk with a mixture of emotions:

“Leaning heavily into my walking poles I did the final downhill into the beer garden where I was greeted by cheers and applause. I actually cried! So worth the pain.”

Starting the Big Walk 2018

Finishing the Big Walk 2018

A team effort

Event organiser, David Meadows from the Development, Alumni Relations and Events department at the University had this to say:

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the Big Walk 2018. From the volunteers and marshals who helped out on the day, to the donors and supporters who gave so generously, it was a real team effort.

“Of course, a special thank you must go to the walkers. Without their commitment to fundraising and determination to complete the challenging distance, the event would not have happened and we’d never have been able to achieve this amazing total.

“But the fundraising doesn't stop. We are on the last leg to reaching our £2 million target and I look forward to supporting those taking part in the Sheffield 10k for the Sheffield Scanner in September.”

A group at the Bradfield break spot on the Big Walk 2018

Marshals on the Big Walk 2018 were vital to help the day go as planned

What next?

If you’re interested in fundraising for the Sheffield Scanner, there are lots of ways to get involved and add your support.

Take part in the Sheffield 10k

Fundraise for the Sheffield Scanner

Get involved with the Sheffield Scanner

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