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Sussex Netball team raises over £3,000 to support NHS charities
The University of Sussex Netball Club is running the length of Britain to raise money for NHS charities. The team has so far raised over £3,000 for charities providing support to NHS staff, volunteers and patients.
Over 10 days between Monday 13 and Thursday 23 April, the team of students is running 1400 kilometres, the length of the route from Land's End to John o'Groats.
For the teammates, aged 18 to 23, this works out as just under 5 kilometres per person per day, using their individual hour of daily exercise.
Georgia Lambert and Eve Moseby, who were recently elected as Presidents of the club for 2020-21, wanted to find a way to support the NHS and also keep the team mentally and physically fit during this period of social distancing.
“We were shocked by the positive response and number of girls who said they wanted to partake. We really wanted to give back something to our NHS who are working so hard.”
Four of the team have remained in Brighton, completing their runs on the seafront, in Hove Park and Preston Park. Others are around the UK, doing their bit from Teeside, Cardiff, Devon, Surrey, Hertfordshire and more locations. All are staying close to home and some are using treadmills.
Georgia says, “We think it has really brought the club together. We are all constantly messaging on our group chat and sending in sweaty selfies and motivation to each other and I’m sure we will all celebrate together when we are back in Brighton. We are also using the Strava app to collect the running data and this is a fun way of posting our distances.”
To date the group has raised over £3,000 for NHS charities, well over their initial target of £500. As Eve notes, the amount raised has gone beyond their expectations:
“We did secretly hope to get £1,000 but that was definitely the maximum we thought we would achieve, being such a small society. We are over the moon with the response and can’t thank everyone who has donated enough for their support. It is really keeping the girls motivated and our legs a little bit less sore!”
In the past Sussex Netball has fundraised for Australian bushfire relief and coordinated an annual charity tournament bringing different teams together. Although the 2020 tournament has had to be cancelled, the team is inspired to continue raising more money for causes in the year to come.
“This has been a real team effort and we are so proud of all of the girls for getting so involved and committed.”
To find out more and donate, visit Sussex Netball’s JustGiving page.
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