Delivering a UK-wide annual feelgood February fundraiser
We are inviting every university and college team taking part in the BRIT Challenge to choose second charity to raise funds for, alongside BRIT, to support local, regional and national charities.
These are some of our charity partners that you may wish to choose to support as you take on the BRIT Challenge;
UK universities, colleges, specialist colleges and Students' Unions are invited to unite with us and hold their own inclusive BRIT Challenge to improve mental health and fitness, all whilst raising funds for BRIT and a second charity of their choice. This collectively powerful approach is integral to our work to support young adult mental health in the short, medium and long-term.
To enable us to deliver inspiration and encouragement to young adults and students who take part in their university or college BRIT Challenge, we are thrilled that Paralympians, Olympians, sports personalities, adventures and explorers are joining our BRIT Ambassador family to encourage participation, stigmatise mental health and champion equality, diversity and inclusion.
The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) supports young adult mental health and fitness in the UK through the delivery of our annual BRIT Challenge.
By inviting every UK university and college to encourage all their students and staff to participate, we aim to support young adult mental health, reduce isolation and promote mental fitness by;
Uniting the HE and FE Sector through a UK-wide inclusive BRIT Challenge
Delivering inspiration through our BRIT Ambassadors
Offering the BRIT Challenge as a UK-wide feel-good February fundraiser and inviting teams to choose a second charity to raise funds for, alongside BRIT, to support local, regional and national charities
We will achieve this through three aims;
Uniting the HE and FE Sector through a UK-wide inclusive BRIT Challenge
The annual BRIT Challenge has been designed to be inclusive and enables students and staff of all abilities to take part. The BRIT Challenge is to be completed by individuals working as a team to cover each year's target distance by either hand-cycling, cycling, wheelchair pushing, swimming, walking, jogging, running, rowing or paddling (canoeing, kayaking or paddle-boarding).
Delivering inspiration through British Sporting Icons
Olympians, Paralympians, sports personalities, adventurers and explorers will be invited to join us as BRIT Ambassadors and choose a university or college to visit during the annual BRIT Challenge (February). They will be asked to encourage, enthuse and inspire students to take on the annual BRIT Challenge and champion young adult mental health and fitness.
Raise funds for a second charity of your choice, alongside BRIT
BRIT is a collaborative charity and we are inviting every university and college team taking on the BRIT Challenge to choose a second charity to raise funds for, alongside BRIT, to support local, regional and national charities. We encourage a whole university or college approach to fundraising; inviting communities, businesses and alumna networks to donate.
"The need to support young adults facing trauma and adversity, both physical and mental, is critical; particularly with the impact of COVID-19 compounding existing mental health difficulties.
BRIT has an inspiring vision and I applaud their collaborative strategy to partner with sport and education partners. Through the BRIT 2021 Challenge, there is clear potential to engage hundreds of thousands of students and significantly improve young adult mental health and fitness.
At a time when restrictions are affecting many team and sport activities, the BRIT 2021 Challenge is an inspirational feelgood fundraising opportunity for young adults to take part safely, on campus or at home, by following guidance from their university or college and of course, COVID-19 Government guidelines.
I hope, wherever possible, the BRIT 2021 Challenge can be encouraged, embraced and enjoyed!"
Dame Katherine Grainger DBE
“I am thrilled that Universities UK will continue to partner with the British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) in order to invite and encourage all of our 147 UK universities and their Students’ Unions to take part in the annual BRIT Challenge. Over the past two years, almost 130 university teams have taken on the BRIT Challenges and encouraged their students and staff to participate.
It is excellent to see BRIT will be delivering their annual inclusive BRIT Challenge as a feelgood February fundraiser; with the collective support of UK universities, this inspiring event should become a firm fixture in the events calendar for students of all ages. BRIT are a collaborative charity and it is great to see that they are inviting every organisation to choose a second charity to raise funds for, alongside BRIT, to support local, regional and national charities; many of whom have felt the impact of the pandemic on their fundraising efforts.
The next BRIT Challenge will take place throughout February 2022, ending on 3rd March - University Mental Health Day. As President of Universities UK, I urge all of my fellow Vice-Chancellors to join me in championing the BRIT Challenge by entering teams and embracing this tremendous initiative as a catalyst for adopting a whole university approach to supporting and improving student and staff mental health.”
Professor Steve West CBE DL FChS FCPodM FRSM FRSA
President of Universities UK
"The BRIT ethos is to be a collaborative charity. As many charities have felt the impact of COVID-19 on their fundraising efforts, I hope the BRIT Challenge inspires UK universities, colleges, specialist colleges and Students’ Unions to enter teams and choose a second charity to raise funds for, alongside BRIT, to support local, regional and national charities.
We have adopted a collectively powerful approach to supporting young adult mental health by forging special relationships and partnerships with charities and national governing bodies in the education and sport sectors. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported BRIT and enabled us to grow as a charity and continue to have a positive impact on the lives of young adults and students throughout the UK.
I am also sincerely grateful to the 150 Olympians, Paralympians, Sports Personalities, Adventurers and Explorers, who have joined our BRIT Ambassador family this year. They have united in promoting the BRIT Challenge, supporting universities and colleges of their choice, encouraging students of all abilities to take part, destigmatising mental health and championing equality, diversity and inclusion.
I wish every university and college team taking part in the BRIT Challenge the very best of luck".
Founder and Non-Paid CEO
The British Inspiration Trust
We are sincerely grateful to the Education and Sport Governing Bodies and Mental Health Charities who are continuing to unite and partner with us to support the annual BRIT Challenge.
In addition to inviting and encouraging every Vice-Chancellor, College Principal and Students' Union President to champion the BRIT Challenge, our Education Partners, including The Committee of University Chairs (CUS), Universities UK (UUK), the Association of Colleges (AoC), Colleges Scotland, ColegauCymru and the National Union of Students (NUS), are helping to ensure we increase the opportunity for students and staff at every UK university, college and specialist college to take part.
In 2017, there had been a 210% increase in the number of students leaving university due to mental health problems over the past 5 years.
*Higher Education Statistics Agency.
85% of colleges reported an increase in students with disclosed mental health issues in the past 3 years.
*Association of Colleges (AoC) Survey December
87% of first year students (almost nine in 10) find it difficult to cope with social or academic aspects of university life.
*University Partnerships Programme (UPP) annual Student Experience survey 2017.
There was a 76% increase in the number of university Students seeking mental health support in the 5 years between 2012 and 2017.
*The British Psychological Society - Mental Health and Wellbeing in Scotland's higher and further education sector.
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By supporting BRIT you will enable us to improve the mental health and fitness of young adults throughout the UK and deliver the annual BRIT Challenge.
The next BRIT Challenge will take place between 1st February 2023 and 2nd March 2023
(University Mental Health Day).
The BRIT Challenge is an inclusive feel-good February fundraiser to improve mental health and fitness, all whilst raising vital funds for local, regional and national charities, alongside BRIT.
Every UK university, college, specialist college and Students' Union are invited to register to take part, enter teams, and support student and staff participation, both on campus or at home.
The annual BRIT Challenge is designed to be completed by individuals working as a team to cover each year's distance (2023 will be 2,023 miles) by either hand-cycling, cycling, wheelchair pushing, swimming, walking, jogging, running, rowing or paddling (canoeing, kayaking or paddle-boarding).
We are inviting the 5 million students, and staff, at every UK university and college to unite with us in support of young adult and student mental health.
THE BRIT CHALLENGE