An intrepid team of University of Worcester staff has topped previous fundraising efforts with their walk along an iconic British landmark.

The Hadrian’s Wall Walk last month, which saw trekkers cover the 85-mile distance from Segedunum, near Newcastle, to Bowness-on-Solway, to the west of Carlisle in just over 72 hours, has raised a total of £6,200.

This surpasses funds raised by staff, who completed the Three Peaks Challenge in 2014.

A team climbed Britain’s three highest peaks in 24 hours, raising £6,139.

This time walkers surpassed their £5,000 target for the University’s chosen Charity of the Year, the Maggs Day Centre, a Worcester-based charity that helps the city’s homeless.

The total raised including Gift Aid was £6,848.12.

Michael Connor, Volunteer Co-ordinator and Development Manager, said the money would go towards activities and educational opportunities not just for the homeless but those on the edges of society.

He added that the charity had seen a spike in donations coinciding with the event.

“We wouldn’t normally get as much money coming in over the last couple of months,” he said.

“Whether we’re seeing this because of the publicity that this has generated we can’t be sure, but it has got to be useful.

“The money we value, but this challenge has also raised awareness.”

University of Worcester Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive David Green, who worked for homeless charity Shelter early in his career said the cause was particularly close to his heart.

 

Nearly half of the 38-strong team managed to complete the Hadrian’s Wall Walk challenge, battling against blisters, muscle sprains and even hypothermia to walk between 12 and 14 hours a day.

Nine teams took part from a range of departments; facilities, finance, the University of Worcester Arena, health and society, communications, and the University and Worcestershire County Council’s joint library The Hive, as well as Maggs Day Centre.

They were supported by members of University’s security team and Sports Therapy students and a recent graduate.

Chats Harris, a library services assistant at The Hive, said: “It was fantastic.  It was just the team spirit and camaraderie, the way we all did it together for a good cause.

“We didn’t want to let down people that had supported us.”

Liz Davies-Ward, Acting head of the Institute of Science and Environment, said: “Physically it was hard but mentally it was hard trying to walk for that length of time.

“There were many moments when it was really tough so then we set small goals.”

To sponsor the University’s Hadrian’s Wall Walk visit  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/universityofworcester.