We will go 500 miles and we will go 500 more!
Following such a successful first two weeks, our ‘500 miles in 50 days’ team fundraising challenge has stepped up a gear, as we have now decided to DOUBLE our mileage target and undertake a total distance of 1,000 miles within the 50 day period, between lockdown and Christmas Day.
With the team having completed 358 miles in just 14 days and having raised almost £1,000 for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity and the Huntington’s Disease Association, we wanted to push ourselves further and increase our team targets.
As we enter another national lockdown, Liverpool Science Park (LSP) will once again remain open 24/7 for the essential health and tech work that goes on in its buildings, whilst the LSP team will also use this time productively to keep active and support the wider Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool) community.
From Thursday 5th November, employees at LSP will therefore be joining forces with colleagues from Sciontec Liverpool, Sensor City, Bruntwood SciTech and KQ Liverpool, to undertake a significant physical challenge, completing a distance of 500 miles within 50 days.
The LSP Team will consist of people of all ages and abilities, individually participating by running, cycling, rowing, hiking or walking sections of the 500 mile overall goal.
Their cumulative efforts will result in the completion of over 800km, the equivalent of travelling from LSP to John O’Groats.
Team members will track and record their run, ride or row on smart phones and watches, and an online weekly progress update will be shared throughout lockdown right up to Christmas.
The two KQ Liverpool based organisations benefitting from this fundraising activity will be The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity and the Huntington’s Disease Association.
Colin Sinclair, CEO of Sciontec, said:
“This team challenge will give us all something positive to focus on during lockdown.
“By supporting these two KQ Liverpool based charities, we will be helping to fund their critical research, valuable patient support and world leading treatment during the Covid-19 crisis and beyond.”
Joanne Dobbie, Head of Fundraising at the Huntington’s Disease Association, said:
“Having been adversely affected by Covid-19, this backing will make a huge impact in helping us to continue providing specialist advisory services and support to everyone affected by Huntington’s Disease.”
Dr Liz Bishop, Chief Executive at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“Having recently moved into KQ Liverpool, we are delighted that LSP and other prominent organisations within the world-leading innovation district are undertaking fundraising activities in support of our charity.
“This will not only benefit local people’s lives in terms of cancer care but will lead to a thriving health and life sciences sector in Liverpool for years to come.”
The LSP Team are appealing to the Liverpool City Region business community to get behind their ‘500 miles in 50 days’ fundraising campaign and would welcome any corporate sponsorship or personal donations, however small, in support of their team challenge.
To make a donation to the LSP Team ‘500 miles in 50 days’ fundraising challenge, please visit:
Liverpool Science Park’s collaborative fundraising drive comes six months after Bruntwood SciTech’s 25% investment in Sciontec Liverpool, a spin-out company of KQ Liverpool.
Jointly owned by Liverpool City Council, the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Bruntwood SciTech (a 50/50 joint venture between Bruntwood and Legal & General), Sciontec’s unique combination of public and private sector partners is leading to the creation of new innovative science and tech spaces, as well as jobs that will contribute to the economic empowerment of the people of Liverpool.
(Images used in this article were taken pre COVID-19)