The £10k Challenge triples fundraising target in support of mental health resources

Over 170 alumni, staff, students, and friends of the University participated in The £10k Challenge from 10-19 March 2021.

They set out to collectively raise £10,000 to support the mental health and wellbeing resources on offer to students at the University by completing a range of exercise and other activities. The target was reached on day one of the challenge, and now stands at triple that, at more than £30,000.

More than one thousand people have generously donated to the challenge, supporting friends and colleagues in their tremendous exercise efforts.

Staff teams also took on the challenge, with the Academic Leadership Team (including Dean of Loughborough University London, Professor Tony Edwards, and Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Sport and Professor of Sport Technology and Innovation, Professor Mike Caine) and the Associate Deans for Research (including the Associate Dean for Research at Loughborough University London, Professor Jo Tacchi) both raising more than £1,000 each.

Following the launch of the challenge on 10 March, more people got involved, and 180 people had signed up. They were:

  • 93 alumni
  • 23 students
  • 50 staff
  • 14 friends of the University 

They signed up for a huge range of challenges in the following categories:

  • 38 committed to running a 10k
  • 28 people were running or walking 10,000 steps a day
  • 22 ran 10 minutes a day
  • 92 people took on a wildcard challenge

Funds raised will go to the Mental Health Appeal, launched in 2020 to raise money to support the services on offer to students at Loughborough during these difficult times.

If you would like to find out more or donate, check out the JustGiving page.  

Congratulations and a huge thank you to our participants and for the hundreds of very kind and generous donations.

View the press release on the Loughborough University website for further information and resources.

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It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

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