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Join the amazing Sheffield community who have raised over £1 million through an ever-growing list of events, activities and challenges.

Cycling the Lakeland Monster Miles challenge

Challenge yourself

Challenges can come in many shapes and sizes and will differ depending on who you are. Why not take the opportunity to challenge yourself and fundraise for an important cause? 

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Running challenges are always popular - whether you want to take on your first 5K, step up your running and try for a marathon, or go for an Ultra Run, you can choose the event that suits you. The University of Sheffield puts together a team for the Sheffield Half Marathon that you can join, or we can support you taking part in another race. See the activities we have planned for 2022 on our fundraising calendar.

But don’t worry if running isn’t your thing! We have seen challenge fundraising from cyclists, rowers, boxers and adrenaline junkies alike, so whatever your idea we want to hear from you.

Please note, the University does not accept liability for personal challenges. Please make sure you have planned your activity sufficiently and are protecting your own health and safety during your challenge.

Challenges don't need to be physical either. Crafting and baking can be a great way to use your passion to create something that you can use to raise funds, and you could take the opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone. Why not give something up if you're a chocaholic, a coffee addict, or always tempted by takeaways. Save the money you'd be spending on your vices and it'll soon add up! Why not give the money you save to your cause of choice?

How to fundraise and top tips

Need some fundraising inspiration? Check out these fundraising stories to see what fundraisers have done previously. 

Keng Wragg after her charity haircut

Team challenges

Don't want to go it alone? Recruit friends or colleagues and take something on together - it's a great way support each other through a daunting challenge and share a great experience. Joint events can be as simple or complex as you like, from a dress-down day at work or raffle, to a coffee morning, bake sale or sweepstakes to draw in those sports or bake-off fans. 

Many of our fundraisers run some joint events alongside our organised events to help bump up their overall fundraising total as well, so don’t be afraid to combine the two. 

Three participants from the Big Walk 2018

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Get in touch

Got an idea for a fundraising challenge but not sure how to make it work? Get in touch with our our Fundraising Team, who will be happy to help.


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