University of Chester staff fundraising for BBC’s Children in Need

Posted on 17th November 2017

Staff at the University of Chester’s Warrington Campus are working hard to raise money for this year’s BBC Children in Need appeal through a variety of activities.

Jim Mason arriving at the Warrington Campus.
Jim Mason arriving at the Warrington Campus.

On Monday, November 13, Jim Mason, Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer for Commercial Music Production and Music Production and Promotion, walked the 22 mile round trip to work at the Warrington Campus and back to his home in Urmston, Greater Manchester.

The walk took around eight hours in total. Jim left his house at around 5am to get to work on time for 9am, then arrived back at his home in Urmston after work at around 9pm. In between the long journey on foot, Jim also worked a full day at the University, which involved lectures, tutorials with students and daily administration.

Jim has worked at the University for over 16 years, and walking to work and back has always been something he aspired to do. He said: "I love walking, I'd walk to work every day if it was practical. The morning of my walk to work was fantastic - the sunrise was amazing, I listened to just the right playlist and I even stopped off for a lovely cooked breakfast at a ‘truckstop’ type cafe.”

He added: “The walk home was harder, my legs started to ache a lot in the last hour. I'm not a very fit person, so I did start to really feel it towards the end and it was a challenge. When I got home, I had a nice bath and some chips! People have been really generous with their donations - I've raised much more money than I thought I would for Children In Need, who do great work."

So far, Jim has raised over £600. You can still donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jimmasonurmston

Other staff at the Warrington Campus are planning to raise money too. Today (Friday, November 17), Jeanette Lowe and Annette Collins, both LIS (Learning Information Services) Resources Assistants, will be completing 5K on the Warrington Campus running track to raise money for the Children in Need appeal. There will be a bucket for donations at the Warrington Campus Reception for those who would like to donate.