During this extraordinary time, our clubs have created and taken part in some fantastic fundraising efforts, with the money being to donated to causes that need it the most during this global pandemic. All of the efforts have been amazing, with everyone showing a real commitment to making a difference where they can. Below is just a snippet of all the incredible fundraising being done by so many of our clubs.
Our Swimming and Waterpolo club challenged all other University of Leeds sports clubs to Race to Porec! The challenge is to complete the distance between Dover, England and Porec, Croatia within a 10 day period – a distance of 970 miles! Gryphon clubs which have accepted the challenge include; Badminton, Men’s Rugby League, Women’s Rugby Union, Gymnastics and Women’s Hockey. This is to raise money for Leonard Chesire, in order to fund vital PPE equipment for social workers. This challenge has also been taken on by other University sports teams across the country and collectively they have raised over £12,000 so far.
University of Leeds Netball Club are running one metre for each of the 1.5 million NHS workers in the UK in just one week! Their aim is to show appreciation for those risking their lives daily to care for our country and to raise as much as they can for the National Emergencies Trust. University of Leeds Development Netball are running 1,500km in seven days for the National Emergencies Trust & NHS Charities Together.
Members of the University of Leeds Cheerleaders took part in the 2.6 challenge and are also running the 195 miles from London to Leeds between the team on 10 May. Both are in aid of Winston’s Wish, a charity that supports children through the extremely tough and confusing thing that is losing a loved one. Not only that, they also took part in #HandstandUpToCorona, where members of the squads posted pictures of themselves doing handstands on Instagram along with the hashtag. This was in support of a project by PlayerLayer, a British sports brand with all proceeds going to front-line heroes.
The University of Leeds Athletics Club are completing the 2,377km from Leeds Bradford Airport to Vilamoura, Portugal, where they would have been on their warm weather training camp. They have encouraged their members to complete this as part of their daily approved exercise, either walking, running or cycling. This is in aid of Crisis, the national charity for homeless people.
University of Leeds Men’s Cricket are taking part in a “No Shaves, No Haircuts” challenge where the boys have vowed to not cut their hair or shave their beards until social distancing and self isolation measures have been reduced. This will be attempted for the Trussell Trust, with all money raised being donated to aid food bank provisions and operations. Not only this, they are also participating in a BUCS Outdoor Cricket Season: COVID-19 Edition. Started by Coventry University Cricket Club, a group of University teams are competing with each other each Wednesday afternoon to see who can run the distance between the two clubs the quickest. All donations will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
University of Leeds Women’s Hockey Club are climbing the height of the three highest peaks on earth; Mount Everest, K2 & Kanchenjunga equating to 26,045m! Or, in other words, 8347 flights of stairs. All funds raised will go to Mind.
The fundraising efforts highlighted above are just a small percentage of everything all our clubs are doing in order to support and raise money for those most vulnerable in our society.
Keep going Gryphons, you are all doing amazing things.