Get involved in our first ever global fundraising week

From 3–7 May we are taking our fundraising global, and we want you to get involved. The Big Week is the University's first ever global fundraising week. Join us and help raise £50,000 for Parkinson’s disease research.

Take part in The Big Week

Director of Campaigns, Andrew Harris, invites you to take part:

We’re incredibly excited to launch the University’s first ever global fundraising week. We’re aiming to raise £50,000 to back the next breakthrough in vital Parkinson’s disease research.

Patients with Parkinson’s suffer with debilitating motor symptoms, which include tremor, problems with walking and coordination. However, it can also cause many other symptoms such as depression and anxiety. Sadly, treatments for Parkinson’s disease haven’t progressed for over 50 years, and the most common drug used today only masks the symptoms and becomes less effective over time. Researchers at Sheffield are working to develop personalised treatments, ensuring that each patient receives the best treatment for their strain of Parkinson’s. With your support, this treatment breakthrough can happen sooner.

Get moving:

Between 3 and 7 May, we’re challenging you to help cover a combined distance of 50,000km in aid of Parkinson’s research at Sheffield. You can choose your distance and join your fellow Sheffield supporters in running, walking, cycling or swimming to help us make a breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

You can easily track your activity by connecting your fundraising page directly with the Strava app. This way, your distance is automatically logged on your Just Giving page, and in the overall total. Whether you do this, or you record your distance manually, you can start tracking your challenge on your page from 1 May.

Get together:

Myself and the University Executive Board encourage you to take an hour out of the week, where possible, to host a get-together with friends and colleagues and donate to the cause. This could be via a virtual coffee morning, an online quiz or just a simple catch up.

Tune in:

On Wednesday 5 May, we’ll be live streaming our Fundraise-a-thon where we’ll be chatting to our amazing researchers, catching up with staff and students who’ve been fundraising during the Big Week and chatting to some of our esteemed alumni about their time in Sheffield and their careers since graduating.

With best wishes

Andrew Harris
Director of Campaigns
Campaigns and Alumni Relations