Take part in the Big Walk One Day Challenge to support refugee students and at-risk academics

Big Walk 2015Walk off all that exam stress and raise money to support at-risk academics and refugee students. Join members of staff, students alumni and friends on the 18-mile Big Walk 2016 One Day Challenge on Friday 17 June.

The One Day Challenge will be accompanying the Big Walk 2016 Trans Pennine Trail teams. Two teams of ten participants each will be walking around 105 miles in five days from Sunday 12th June to Thursday 16th June. The first team will walk from Southport on the west coast and the second from Hornsea in the east - meeting up at Tankersley, north of Sheffield.  The teams have been recruited and are already busy with their training and fundraising.

The One Day Challenge will take place the following day, Friday 17 June, when the Trans Pennine Trail teams will be joined by the One Day Challenge team to walk the 18 miles from Tankersley back to the University campus via the Wentworth Estate and the Five Weirs Walk.

In 2015 we held the first Big Walk, when over 120 members of staff, students and alumni joined the 21-strong staff team who had completed the 268-mile Pennine Way to walk the final 18 mile leg of their journey, from Edale to Sheffield.  The total raised for lung disease research was a massive £86,000.

Last year’s Big Walk was held in September, which meant that for most of our students the timing prevented them from taking part. So with this in mind, the Big Walk 2016 will be happening in the week after student exams, in the hope that many of you will be able to sign up and help us push our fundraising target even higher than last year.

This year we’ll be raising funds to support refugee academics and students at the University, a cause highlighted by our Vice-Chancellor. Many of us will have been moved by the images of thousands of people making the long walk from countries where they fear for their lives to what they hope will be a new life for them and their families. The Big Walk 2016 presents us with the opportunity to continue our long-standing tradition of welcoming refugees as academics and as students based in a City of Sanctuary.

The University will be meeting the costs of transfers to the start point in Tankersley or you may wish to make your own way. We want all participants to be fully committed to using their networks within and outside the University to raise funds (at least £100 for staff and £50 for students) to support refugee academics and students. We hope that everyone who takes part will find the experience testing, fulfilling and fun - and that, as a result, we can offer more support to students and academics who are seeking refuge in the UK. Fundraising support will be given and you will be expected to set up a page via Just Giving, either individually or as a team.

To apply, please visit the Big Walk website. Depending on numbers applying, there may have to be a ballot.

As part of the Big Walk event, the University is also organising the Sheffield Walk for Refugees on Sunday 5 June.

This is an opportunity for those who cannot take part in the Big Walk One-Day Challenge to show their support for refugees in Sheffield. For more information about this event, please visit the University of Sheffield website.

We hope you will be interested in supporting this very worthy cause and we look forward to receiving your application.

To make a donation to support refugee academics and students please visit please visit our Just Giving campaign page.