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Around the world in 80 days for charity

Worcester Editorial 4th Feb, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

UNIVERSITY students and staff have started an epic challenge to travel around the world in 80 days.

Fund-raisers at the University of Worcester were invited to take on the gruelling feat, which will see people walk, run, cycle, row or swim a combined total of 24,902 miles, equivalent to the equatorial circumference of the Earth, to raise funds for St Richard’s Hospice.

On Monday (February 3) Professor David Green, university vice chancellor, and Mark Jackson, chief executive of St Richard’s, launched the challenge by walking the first mile around the university.

All staff have been encouraged to walk the same mile this week, donating £1 when they have completed it, before taking up their own challenges throughout the next 80 days.

Everyone taking part will log their miles on a chart.

Along with donating money for their charity of the year, the university are also hoping to raise awareness of the benefits of exercise for personal wellbeing.

Louise Jones, strategic director for health and well-being at the university, said: “Spring is the time of year when, post the festive season, people often think about becoming more physically active and we would like to capture this in a positive way.

“We hope the challenge of going around the world in 80 days by covering 24,902 miles will prove a fun and exciting way for staff and students to improve their wellbeing and raise funds for charity.

“We look forward to hearing about all of the different challenges people choose to undertake.”

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