Cranfield has joined teams across the UK in Phil Packer's inclusive mental health, fitness and wellbeing challenge.

Row Britannia, a campaign enabled by the British Inspiration Trust (BRIT), has invited universities, colleges and sports bodies across the UK to take part in their rowing challenge in aid of Sport Relief. While the challenge aims to raise money for charity, the focus is to unite the whole community of staff and students in an inclusive (adaptive) sport to promote positive awareness of mental health, fitness and wellbeing.

Phil Packer, MBE, visited Cranfield in January as part of his tour to visit every UK university, encouraging them to sign up to the challenge.

The University is aiming to row a total of 2,020 miles and raise £3,000 by 13 March to contribute towards Row Britannia’s £1.5 million target, to donate to charities providing mental health support for young people.

A portable indoor rowing machine will be moved around campus to key locations, to encourage staff and students to row 500m or more for a £1 minimum donation for Sport Relief. There will also be rowing machines available in the sports centre so people can take part in the challenge whenever the centre is open. Sports staff will be on hand to guide participants and log books will be available to record distance. Those taking part can also share their photos with us on Twitter and Instagram using @cranfielduni, @rowbritannia and the hashtag #RowBritannia.

Donations will be via a JustGiving page as well as donation buckets manned by sports centre staff.


For further information about the challenge and to donate, please visit Cranfield's JustGiving campaign page.

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