The Big Walk 2017 – walkers and volunteers raise funds for medical research

People on the Big Walk 2017 wearing Big Walk T-shirts

Colleagues, students and friends go the extra mile walking 50 miles in 24 hours to raise funds for Sheffield Scanner and bring revolutionary medical imaging to our city.

The Big Walk 2017 started at 7am Friday, 30 June. Walkers set off from outside the Octagon and returned to campus throughout the early hours of Saturday 1 July. They took in the stunning scenery of the Peak District, including Bakewell, the Chatsworth Estate, and Froggatt. 

To catch up on their fantastic journey, take a look at #tuosbigwalk

Follow the journey

Walkers navigate rocks

Professor Wyn Morgan on the walk

Tony Ryan on his bike

walker takes a seat

Walkers en route

Wendy Jackson opens her house

Before the walk, Professor Wyn Morgan, Vice-President for Education, said: "There is a strange combination of excitement and nerves running through me about the big task we face in walking 50 miles. I have only done 27 in one day before! However, the cause is so wonderful and important, plus I know the spirit along the way will be fabulous so I can't wait. I just hope my legs last out.”

He was right. The spirit and energy of the walkers, runners and volunteers was truly inspirational and all for a vital cause. 

Community fundraising over the 24 hours reached £7,000. To see the fundraising progress and make a donation, you can visit the JustGiving page. 

Make a donation to Sheffield Scanner

The Big Walk and other fundraising activities will help bring the first MRI-PET scanner to our region. The scanner, which is one of only eight in the UK, will transform research into a number of devastating diseases including Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart and lung disease, Parkinson’s, stroke and Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health said: "The chances are your life, or that of someone close to you, has been affected by medical research. With this innovative imaging technology, our ambition is to develop new knowledge and treatments for patients more rapidly.

"Our University is an outstanding centre for health research and is committed to finding new solutions to the significant health challenges facing us today. We have won worldwide acclaim for our work so far but to achieve even more, we need your help."

Before the walk, we caught up with colleagues who were planning to offer practical support during the walk and who have taken on extra fundraising activities, including endurance sports. 

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