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Health Sciences freshers take part in a marathon charity challenge

Published: 29 October 2015
HMPR marathon charity challenge

First year Health Sciences students on the BSc Healthcare: Management, Policy and Research (HMPR) programme raised over £680 for Cancer Research UK (CRUK) during a 24 hour induction challenge.

The fifteen students beginning the programme were assigned the task with the aim of testing their ability to be innovative, think on their feet and make quick decisions. The students were given no prior warning as to what they were about to take on.

Splitting into two groups the students undertook all sorts of activities including packing bags for customers in a local supermarket, setting up a table in Southampton General Hospital’s lunch hall and bucket jangling in Southampton’s West Quay shopping centre.

Needless to say, the students exhibited innovation, stamina and quick thinking skills during the challenge.

Having raised the grand sum of £680 over 24 hours of non-stop fundraising, they were left completely exhausted!

Local fundraising manager for the charity, Stuart Amey, said: “The money raised by the group means so much to Cancer Research UK and will help to achieve our goal of Beating Cancer Sooner.

“There were some very good fundraising ideas and the group entered into the event with great enthusiasm. The funds will be used to go towards ground breaking research being carried out within the local area. Once again, thank you for all the efforts from the students and staff.”

All the students agreed it had been a tiring, yet fantastic, experience. They also said it was a brilliant exercise for getting to know fellow course mates and an important introduction into the challenges that lie ahead. 

HMPR programme lead, Dr Jane Prichard, said: “CRUK are one of a number of organisations working with the Health Sciences BSc HMPR programme which provide work placements for our students and offers experienced staff members to act as workplace mentors.

“We are incredibly grateful for the charity’s support and it was fantastic to be able to support the charity through this fundraising event.”


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