Leeds Beckett's sports clubs raise funds for charities during lockdown
18 June 2020
Sports teams from Leeds Beckett University’s Athletic Union have undertaken a series of gruelling challenges throughout lockdown to help raise over £11,000 for charities in the community.
Leeds Beckett Cricket Club’s fundraising efforts have seen them raise nearly £6000 for Cardiac Risk in the Young, NHS Charities Together as well as Leeds South and East Foodbank. The club's epic challenge saw them walk, run and cycle the equivalent distance from Headingley Campus to their scheduled training camp destination, the Desert Springs Resort in Spain, in a near 5,000km effort.
Three sports clubs joined forces, and competed against each other, to raise £1800 for NHS Charities Together. Members from the boxing, men’s football and netball clubs competed in a race, covering the distance from Leeds to Croatia, the destination of the cancelled end of year tour for sports teams.
Both Lacrosse men’s and women’s teams helped raise £375 for NHS Charities Together as they also challenged themselves to a race from Leeds to Croatia.
Leeds Beckett Handball raised over £1000 for Mind and Leeds Domestic Violence Service by racing 1075km against other university’s handball teams, while the Korfball Club raised nearly £100 for NHS Charities Together after walking over 1,200 miles across a 10 week period.
LBU Swimming Club supported Student Minds as they swam 123 lengths collectively to help raise £425 for the charity.
Women’s football and Carnegie Cheerleaders both did fundraising efforts for the NHS, with the football team raising over £400 as they ran, cycled and walked 1,948km, while the cheerleaders raised £900 for their own 2,022km walk, run and cycle challenge.