University Helps Walkers Break Fundraising Record

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The University of Worcester has helped to secure a record-breaking fundraising total for Free Radio’s Walk for Kids.

The University was the official fitness partner for the Worcester event – the last in a series of summer walks held by the radio station – which saw over 3,000 walk the challenging 10 ½ mile route, raising £124,070 for local charities Acorns Childrens’ Hospice, Megan Baker House and New Hope for short-term respite care.

Members of staff from the University’s McClelland Centre, along with Sports Therapy students, led the race warm-up, provided fitness tips to walkers and were on hand to offer post-walk massages and advice.

Louise Jones, the University’s Strategic Director for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The University of Worcester is passionate about encouraging both our students and the local community to be active and, later this year, we will be launching a new Health and Wellbeing programme, ‘Fit for Life’.

“We were delighted, therefore, to be invited to be the fitness partner for such a worthwhile cause as the Worcester Walk for Kids. Several of our students and staff took part in the delivery of the event, and it was great to see so many people from the University walking the course for such a great cause.”

She added: “We would like to congratulate all those who too part in the event and helped to raise such a magnificent total, and we hope that many other people were inspired by their efforts.”

The money raised from the event will help fund construction of a ‘garden room’ for Acorns Childrens’ Hospice as well as a play and teaching area at Megan Baker House. New Hope will receive money to kit-out their sensory room to enable children to benefit from resources such as water beds and lighting equipment.

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