Sports day at Portsmouth University helps Brain Tumour Research charity

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STAFF at a university have raised thousands of pounds for a brain tumour charity.

A record 23 teams representing academic and support departments from across the University of Portsmouth took part in the eighth annual staff sports day.

The event saw a crowd of 300 participants, both veteran and novice, gathering at Ravelin Park for an eventful day of fun and fundraising.

Events included the egg and spoon race, sack race, and a giant inflatable obstacle course.

The event raised £2,062 for Brain Tumour Research, Europe’s largest brain tumour charity which helps fund an annual 
£1 million programme of research at the university.

The research centre at the university has the UK’s largest team of laboratory-based scientists working towards better treatments and ultimately a cure for brain tumours.

Tim Green, community fundraising manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: ‘Staff sports day was a brilliant, fun event bringing people together and I think some new friendships were made and old rivalries renewed. We are very grateful for the ongoing support in helping to fund the vital work which takes place at the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence here in the University of Portsmouth.’

The day started with a mass warm-up with tai chi chuan instructor Shifu Cristian Lopez and ended with the Wooden Spoon going to Captain Caries & the Dentathletes with a record low of 61 points.

Former Great British Bake Off contestant Enwezor Nzegwu presented a multi-coloured cake to The Bees Knees Stars, 
who were proclaimed the best dressed team.

The Fair Play award in memory of Paul Townley was awarded to the Give Us Some Credit finance team for helping out another team in the tug o’ war.

Donations can still be made by visiting the Just Giving page at justgiving.com/teams/staffsportsday.

For more information on the work carried out by Brain Tumour Research, visit braintumourresearch.org