Loughborough University Students’ Badminton Club launches new fundraiser for Lamp

Club will carry on the tradition of supporting Lamp by raising funds and building awareness of the Leicester-based mental health charity

Loughborough Students’ Badminton Club is continuing its longstanding tradition of supporting Lamp (Leicestershire Action for Mental Health Project) by launching a new donation drive.

Club members have set themselves the challenge of walking, running or cycling the distance from Loughborough to Munich, Germany – where the 2022 European Badminton Championships are being held – and back, to chalk up a massive 1,732 miles. Those who take part in the challenge will record their walks, runs and cycles and then add up their combined distances at the end of each week.

The club is holding an event on Saturday 12 March 2022 where members will leave the Badminton Centre in Loughborough (LE11 3TS) at 1pm and walk up Beacon Hill in Leicestershire – a distance of around 15km. They are inviting friends and family to get involved so register your interest with t.ross-20@student.lboro.ac.uk

Toby Ross, an architectural engineering student at Loughborough University, and Welfare and Fundraising representative of the Students’ Badminton Club said: “Lamp is a fantastic charity that provides information and support to challenge the stigma around mental health, and works to raise awareness and help those whose lives are affected by mental health issues.

“We think that Lamp is an incredible organisation and we want to support them, especially since the pandemic has impacted everyone. This is why we’ve set ourselves this challenge and are kindly asking for donations. All the funds raised will go to Lamp.”

Richard Kotulecki, Lamp’s CEO, welcomed the club’s announcement and said: “I’d like to thank the Loughborough University Students’ Badminton Club for its generosity in launching this new fundraising drive in aid of Lamp. We’re certain that the event will enrich the students’ lives on campus as they engage with others and build new friendships.

“The fundraiser encourages everyone to stay active and healthy, and sports and exercise are great ways to support people’s general mental health. We are grateful for the time and effort that they will devote to this cause and look forward to continuing to work with them long into the future.”

Details of the Loughborough Students’ Badminton Club fundraiser can be found here.

This news follows the announcement that the annual Lamp 5k fundraising campaign has a ‘Trip to the Moon’ theme and will take place from 9-15 May 2022, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. Lamp is encouraging people to take part in a 5k or more physical activity such as walking, running, cycling, or roller-skating, to collectively reach 384,400km, the distance from the Earth to the moon, and raise money for each km covered. To see how you can take part in Lamp’s 2022 5k Trip to the Moon challenge, visit www.lampadvocacy.co.uk/lamp5k



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