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Team Durham athletes raise over £16,000 for charity during lockdown

(21 May 2020)

The last two months have seen a huge change for our student athletes as the country went into lockdown. 

Adjusting to life at home, dealing with leagues and seasons coming to an abrupt end or even failing to get started in some cases to studying hard for upcoming ‘online’ exams, we have been extremely proud of how our athletes have dealt with these unprecedented times.


At the time of writing we are very proud to be able to tell you that through self-organised fundraising methods and various remote challenges, all completed whilst following strict social distancing guidelines, our students have raised a massive £16,075 since March 23rd.


Unfortunately, due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, the cricket season was cancelled before it had even begun. As a result of this, Durham University Cricket Club members donated £2,000 from their subs to charity. These are the funds, paid by our players, which would usually finance their matches. The club did not stop there and went on to raise a further £6,500 in the form of an Ashes run challenge, combined with other universities and their own ‘keepy-uppy’ challenge.


The rugby club followed suit and launched their weekly ‘Team Durham pub quiz’, asking participants to donate on entry to charitable causes before completing their 1,000,000kg lift, which saw club members contribute to lifting weights to an accumulative 1,000,000kg total. The club have raised £1,344 in sponsorship and entries so far.


‘DUNC’s Big Run’ was well documented and followed on social media, with the club running 1,407km, the distance to John O’Groats to Land’s End and raising £3,148.


The Tennis Club, who launched their own 1,000km Wimbledon challenge, completed the distance in just 6 days and raised an impressive total of £1,797.


DUHC competed against the University of Nottingham Hockey Club in PlayerLayer’s #HandStandUpToCorona battle raising £386. A number of departing students have since set themselves a run/cycle challenge which will see them complete the distance, a mere 5,296 miles, they will now travel to and from games since getting promoted to the England Hockey Premier League. The money they raise will be split equally between the charity of their choosing and help fund their top flight effort in the coming season. To date, they have received £1,787, with £893.50 going to charity. This is a running total, with the challenge due to end at the beginning of September, if you would like to donate you can do so here.


The charities chosen by the clubs to receive these funds are; NHS Charities Together, Durham Foodbank and The Sockstar Project


Team Durham President, Hannah Knowles, said “Teamwork and unity are some of the characteristics we often see on the sports pitches, it has been great to see our athletes display these characteristics in such uncertain times to help raise funds for some very worthwhile causes.”


Mark Brian, Head of Sport added, ‘It is great to see that, in these most unusual times, our Sports Clubs have been busy in their back gardens and through some really creative and imaginative ideas have managed to raise a phenomenal sum of money for a number of fantastic charities. The activities have been hugely varied and its been a wonderful way for the students to keep in touch with one another and keep the spirit of sport alive.’


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The physical and mental health benefits associated with sport and exercise are well documented and we're proud that 75% or our students participate in sport at a college, university or professional level. 


With over 550 teams, across 18 sports, our College Sport structure is one of the largest and diverse intra-mural programmes in the world, presenting almost unlimited opportunities to make friends, develop self-worth and feel part of a community. 


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