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Join our Step into Spring Challenge

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Brighter days are coming! Our alumni challenge invites you to get outside, get active and help students facing financial hardship.

This April we are launching a 30-day active challenge. We are calling on BU graduates from around the world to help us cover a combined distance of 3,000 kilometres. You can walk, run, cycle or swim. You set your own activity target, based on your level of fitness and appetite for a challenge, and register your distances via our BU Alumni Club on Strava.

By signing up, we ask you to donate £25 - and see if you can raise more with the help of family and friends. Money raised will go help BU students facing financial hardship.

We have never tried this before, but we are excited by the prospect of galvanising people to get active and hope that you’ll join us on the journey.

We are also seeking new ways of supporting our students who are facing unprecedented levels of hardship. We know that these are tough times for lots of people, but if you are in a position to help, we’d love to have you on board.

Yes - I’ll take the challenge

The challenge

Our overall aim is to come together as an alumni community to cover 3,000km and raise at least £1,500 to help students in need. How much you do is up to you. Here are some ideas:

  • Commit to going for a walk every day of April
  • Set out on the Couch to 5k challenge - the full challenge could take you 9 weeks, but you’ll be well on your way by the end of April
  • If you’re already comfortable running a 5k, take on a 10k challenge - there are plenty of apps available to help you get there
  • Or if you’re really into running, why not commit to running 5k every day of April
  • If you prefer cycling, get on your bike and pledge to cover a set distance during the month.

Yes - I’ll take the challenge

The cause

Our Student Hardship fund helps students with little or no funds to cover essential costs to continue their studies. The fund can help with childcare and accommodation, as well as the cost of books and vital equipment. We are experiencing an ongoing surge in applications for support as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly due to the loss of part-time work.

Here’s how your donations could help: 

  • £10 – covers a small shop for essential food or a prescription for medication 
  • £25 – covers a weekly food shop or a top-up of electricity/gas 
  • £50 – covers study materials, books, printer ink, or computer equipment such as a microphone or headphones to help students engage with their course remotely 
  • £100 – covers work placement start-up costs (such as clothing, equipment or travel), or a week’s rent 
  • £250 – covers a new laptop/tablet to undertake course work, or childcare costs whilst studying 

Ready to go?

Follow these three simple steps to get you started:

  • Let us know you’re taking part by completing our online form
  • Once completed, we will invite you to join our BU Alumni Club on Strava
  • We will send you some simple instructions to using Just Giving, to make your initial donation of £25, and to invite others to sponsor you too.

Yes - I’ll take the challenge