The BRIT 2021 Challenge aims to improve the mental health of young adults and students throughout the UK and raise vital funds for their partner mental health charities, including Student Minds, Papyrus, Charlie Waller and Nightline Association.
Canterbury Christ Church University partnered with the British Inspirational Trust and mental health charities to travel 2021 miles while raising money to support mental health for young people.
From 8 February to 14 March the University exceeded the target and in five weeks collectively travelled 57,471 miles, with 603 staff, students and alumni taking part. The total amount raised was £3,809.
Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “Canterbury Christ Church University was delighted to participate in the national BRIT 2021 Challenge for a second year. The challenge brought together many colleagues as an inclusive University community virtually, to raise both awareness and vital funds for mental health charities that provide critical support for young people.
“The opportunity to collectively help others in an enjoyable way was welcomed during this ongoing difficult time. The commitment, spirit and support of staff was truly inspirational, whether participating competitively or for leisure, across a range of sporting activities.”
"The enthusiasm and energy shown by everyone who took part was tremendous to see.
"Thank you to the Christ Church family for uniting, raising vital funds, and enabling so many students and staff to participate. You have set an example of how the BRIT Challenge can be completed under the most challenging of circumstances."
Founder of the British Inspirational Trust, Phil Packer, commended the University’s effort. He said: “The support from students and staff at Canterbury Christ Church University to embrace and complete the BRIT 2021 Challenge has been overwhelming.
“The enthusiasm and energy shown by everyone who took part was tremendous to see. Thank you to the Christ Church family for uniting, raising vital funds and enabling so many students and staff to participate. You have set an example of how the BRIT Challenge can be completed under the most challenging of circumstances.
"The relationship between the University and BRIT is a special one and I hope that the students and staff be integral in helping with our aim to deliver an annual BRIT Challenge”.
To view the collection of selfies and photos of the community taking part in the challenge, click here.