First year undergraduate Erin Gerrity (Natural Sciences 2019) has joined 31 members of Cambridge University Air Squadron (CUAS) in a charity fundraiser for NHS Charities Together.
So far the event, which saw a total of 250 student including 11 other University Air Squadrons across the country, has raised a staggering £14,102.
Erin said: “Our challenge is called the UAS Garden relay and we are running a total of 10,200km as a continuous relay wholly in our own gardens.
“This is the distance from the RAF’s most northerly base, RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland to the most easterly base, RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, and back!
“As the relay is continuous, a member from each squadron is running at all times until we complete the distance, including through the night.
”On average each participant is set to complete an entire marathon in their garden.
“I’m really enjoying the challenge so far. I used to run a lot of long distance running but this has given me the boost I needed to get back into it. Most importantly, it has been great to support such a worthwhile cause, helping the NHS charities to continue their great work during this crisis.”
The fundraising link is still open at: justgiving.com/fundraising/uas-garden-relay
East Midlands Universities Air Squadron so far tops the leaderboard with 964.78km run and CUAS is a close second, with members running 932.59km.
There are more than 250 NHS charities across the UK and collectively these charities give £1 million every day to the NHS so that people can stay well for longer and get better faster. In recent years, NHS charities have funded major capital projects, pioneering research and medical equipment at our hospitals, helping patients access the best possible care when they need it most.
They also play a key role in mobilising volunteers to support NHS staff, brightening wards and waiting areas with colourful and engaging art and building an important link between our hospitals and our communities. Other NHS charities support mental health trusts, community health trusts and ambulance trusts.
These vital funds and services are above and beyond what the NHS alone can provide, touching lives and making a huge difference to millions of people when they are at their most vulnerable.