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Row the extra mile with Leeds Beckett University

Leeds Beckett University students and colleagues are set to row 2020 miles to raise awareness and funds for mental health and wellbeing as part of a national initiative. 

Leeds Beckett University (LBU) have joined other universities and colleges from across the country for the Row Britannia challenge, which will see each institution aim to break the 2020 mile goal, set by the British Inspiration Trust, by the end of June.

Each university has been invited to submit at least one team and aim to raise £3000, with any additional match funding from universities and local businesses going towards supporting partner mental health charities including Student Minds.

A team of LBU colleagues, and members of the Leeds Beckett University Rowing Club, started the university's challenge on Friday 13 March as part of Sport Relief, where they completed 15 and a half hours, from 7:30am until 10pm, of rowing at the university's Headingley Campus. 

The team's effort saw them complete 423 miles on the day and have raised money online through their JustGiving page as well as through physical donations.

Leeds Beckett University Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Slee has backed the effort. He said:

“The university is fully committed to supporting the wellbeing of our students and we hope that this challenge will help increase awareness and support for mental health charities across the UK.”

Director of Student Services Priscilla Preston said:

“Row Britannia is a great example of our university’s whole campus commitment and holistic strategy to supporting health, wellbeing and mental fitness,

“Events like this bring us together; not only to raise awareness and encourage a more open conversation about mental health but also to fundraise for many mental health charities who carry out vital work.”

 Sally Griffiths, Director of Sport & Active Lifestyles at LBU, said:

“Leeds Beckett University continues to find new ways to support the wellbeing of our students and colleagues, including the use of sport and fitness to help people become more active and improve their mental and physical wellbeing.

“We are proud of our team undertaking this challenge and hope other staff and students will be inspired to ‘row the extra mile’ and join us on Friday.”

You can visit the LBU Row JustGiving page and help Leeds Beckett University achieve its fundraising goal of £3000.

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