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Staff show their competitive side in this year’s charity Sports Day

The University’s 10th annual staff sports day was a scorcher with over 200 staff coming together in teams from around the University for Brain Tumour Research.

18 teams, dressed to impress to represent their departments (including the University Executive Board seagull), battled it out in events such as the egg and spoon race, sack race, skipping, hurdle relay and even an inflatable Hungry Hippo competition.  

Plenty of fruit and water and the odd ice cream were used for energy and to keep the teams going throughout the heat. Everyone then later retreated to the Waterhole bar in the Students’ Union for a well deserved drink and to await the awards and raffle.

Lots of fantastic raffle prizes were given out by the Deputy Lord Mayor, including a pamper party worth £250 and a £50 voucher for Meat and Barrel in Palmerston Road.

The winning team was the well deserved Double Deviants from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies with 248 points. DCQE Desperados won the Best Dressed with their Wild West cowboy costumes. A Right Royal BALs up from the Faculty of Business and Law raised the most amount of money for charity with over £270 and Give Me The Win in Marketing close behind with raising £240, but also winning the last place wooden spoon.

The day was a great success, enjoyed by all and was a fantastic display of good sportsmanship to raise money for an important cause. Brain Tumour Research is dedicated to raising funds for continuous and sustainable scientific research into brain tumours, which kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. They are building a network of experts in sustainable research at dedicated Centres of Excellence such as the one housed within the University.

The unofficial amount raised from the day is around £2,200 with more still to come from raffle, burgers and rugby rodeo money.

Image by Lisa Wearn

Amber Jerome and Nadine Doutre from Sport and Recreation, who headed up this year’s sports day said: “Sports day was another great success. It was great to see so many participants having fun and supporting such a great cause. Thank you to everyone who was involved and for making the day a great one.”

Tim Green, community fundraising manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: “We are extremely grateful to the staff at University of Portsmouth. Events like this make a difference in supporting vital research into tumours.”


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