Row Britannia; Unite & Row for Mental Health!

Our challenge

Attention all University of Leeds students, staff and alumni! Row Britannia challenge you to row 2,020 miles by Saturday 6 June 2020 to support and raise awareness of mental health and raise £3,000 for Sports Relief.

Track our progress here:

Row Britannia mile

Why are we doing this?

Row Britannia is an inclusive, adaptive sporting challenge by The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) in support of mental health, fitness and wellbeing and is an opportunity for teams throughout the UK to raise vital funds and awareness. Funds raised will support Sport Relief and the British Inspiration Trust.

The Row Britannia Challenge for Sport Relief has the potential to involve every university and college student in the UK.  If every university and college enter a team and raises £3000, they could raise a total of £1.5million for Sport Relief.

We know mental health affects relationships and wellbeing, determines how students learn, and their productivity. Despite the surge in the numbers of students asking for support, it is likely that there are many others in clinical need who are not seeking treatment because of stigma or problems with access to care.

Two students walking down the corridor

How can you help?

We are kicking off our challenge on University Mental Health Day, Thursday 5 March, by hosting a #RowBritannia event to start clocking up our miles. You shall find us on the precinct (as long as yet another storm doesn’t sweep in) or in The Refectory from 8.30am – 3.00pm. We invite you all to participate by rowing as far as you can and making a pledge to help us reach our target.

We shall also be setting up the ergs (indoor rowing machines) on Friday 13 March in the same place to give you all another chance to get in your miles and donate, so don’t worry if you cannot make it to the first event.

We want you all to come together and be part of #RowBritannia. When you are next in the gym, why not row your mile, and let us know by tagging @Leeds_Sport on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter along with the hashtag #RowBrittania and #RowLeedsUni. We also ask you to donate as much or as little as you can to the campaign via our University Just Giving page below.

To raise further awareness and help the campaign to gather further momentum it would be fantastic if you could nominate a mate to row their mile too.

The University of Leeds is committed to supporting this initiative and all our staff and students with their health and wellbeing. Together we can make a difference.