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08 February 2021

Christ Church joins UK-wide challenge to raise awareness of young people’s mental health

The University and Christ Church Students’ Union are joining forces with institutions across the UK to take part in the BRIT 2021 Challenge, to raise awareness and funds to support young adult mental health.

The BRIT 2021 Challenge aims to promote physical activity and increase awareness of mental health issues in young adults while raising money for charities supporting the cause. The challenge has been designed for individuals working as a team to cover 2,021 miles by either jogging, running, walking, cycling, hand-cycling, wheelchair pushing, swimming, rowing or paddling.

Following the success of last year’s Row Britannia initiative The British Inspirational Trust (BRIT), the charity which supports young adult mental health in the UK and who have created the annual challenges, has partnered with four other mental health charities; Nightline Association,  Charlie Waller Trust, Papyrus, and Student Minds.

Christ Church is inviting every student and staff member to get involved and students and staff will aim to raise as much money as possible by travelling 2,021 miles.  

"As a University community we are committed to supporting our students' and staff wellbeing, as well as promoting good mental health.

"The last year has shown us that now, more than ever, we need to be together in supporting everyone within our community. The Row Britannia challenge was successful last year in bringing us together, creating awareness of mental health and the support that is available, and we hope that this year will be no different.

"I encourage all students and staff to take up the challenge where possible and unite behind this deserving cause."

Vice-Chancellor Professor Rama Thirunamachandran

Teams can register from today and the University will aim to complete the challenge before July 2021. Participants must adhere to their local Government Covid-19 guidelines.

British Sporting icons including Paralympians, Olympians and Sporting Figures are joining as BRIT Ambassadors.

Director of Sport, Paul Carney, said: “Following the success of the Row Britannia challenge at the University last year, we are really excited to be taking part in the BRIT 2021 Challenge.

“In the face of the pandemic and repeated lockdowns, raising awareness of the mental health of young adults has never been more important. The Brit 2021 Challenge provides us the opportunity to bring the whole University together behind a shared purpose at this time of social distancing. Everyone around the University responded brilliantly last time, the atmosphere and energy was fantastic. I'm sure we will see a brilliant response again."

For more detailed information on the challenge, visit the Sport & Active Health BRIT Challenge page where you can register your team here and submit your miles.

Donate to the BRIT 2021 Challenge. 


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