Beckett Bear support team revealed
25 April 2019
Four colleagues from the Student Services team will be running alongside Beckett Bear when he takes on the Leeds Half Marathon next month.
Beckett Bear is running the 13.1-mile course to raise money for the Bright Futures Scholarships, which offer a £1,500 scholarship to talented first year students from a low-income background to support them throughout their time at Leeds Beckett University.
Joining Beckett Bear on Sunday 12 May are Jo Gibson, Sarah Tomlinson, Sam Wainwright and Ben Chastney who will be making sure he stays on course and crosses the finish line.
Sarah, Sam and Ben have all studied at Leeds Beckett themselves and now work in the Student Services team. In their day-to-day roles they experience first-hand some of the challenges that our students face.
Bursary and transition officer Sam works with the students who will benefit from the money raised by Beckett Bear on a daily basis.
He said: “I think this is a great way to raise awareness of what the university is doing to support students.”
Student money support officer Ben said: “It has always been important to me that students from all backgrounds have the opportunity of university available to them.
“Beckett Bear’s fundraising challenge will provide support for students who are financially struggling to manage the cost of studies, so it’s fantastic to be backing that.”
Sarah, head of student wellbeing at Leeds Beckett said: “Leeds Beckett is a fantastic university and I loved studying here.
“These opportunities don’t exist for people who can’t finance a university education, and as we see all too often in our team, money worries have a huge impact on wellbeing and academic engagement.
“That’s why I want to support Beckett Bear in raising money for Bright Futures Scholarships.”
For associate director Jo Gibson, taking part in Beckett Bear’s challenge will be one of her last activities before leaving the university for New Zealand at the end of May.
She said: “I’m looking forward to the event but I’m not looking forward to being beaten by Beckett Bear!
“We’re all very determined though, so I’m sure the team will make it over the finish line together.”
If you would like to support Beckett Bear in his fundraising challenge you can:
Sponsor him on JustGiving.
Share his fundraising page on your social media channels.
Cheer him on at the Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday 12 May.
Every penny that Beckett Bear raises will go to supporting talented first year students who are struggling with the cost of a university education. You can read about some of the students who have previously received financial support through the Bright Futures Scholarships here.