University of Portsmouth staff gear up for their charity sports day

ALL SET Ross Lamport, Stephanie Slack and Joel Ryder in preparation for the staff sports day
ALL SET Ross Lamport, Stephanie Slack and Joel Ryder in preparation for the staff sports day
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A UNIVERSITY sports day will raise funds for brain tumour research.

University of Portsmouth staff from all areas, including academic departments, professional support services, and members of the University Executive Board, will be among 280 people taking part in the annual Staff Sports Day today.

The day will raise funds for the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence which comprises the largest team of laboratory-based brain tumour researchers in the UK and is based at the university.

Ravelin Park will be the setting for the sporting fundraiser which is now in its eighth year.

Twenty-four teams of 12 from a wide cross-section of the university will pit themselves against each other, and fancy dress will be the order of the day.

A 75ft inflatable obstacle course is expected to be a highlight, with the tug-of-war being the ultimate challenging finale for the day’s events.

Professor Geoff Pilkington, who leads the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence, will be stepping onto the track with his team, with teams such as The Sweaty SoC (school of computing), Septics Cubed (maths), and Follow the Reader (marketing) also taking to the track and field.

Among those from the Sport and Recreation department organising the event is Joel Ryder.

He said: ‘The event is a brilliant way of bringing together teams from across the university and helps us to emphasise the importance of health and wellbeing in the workplace.’

Spectators are welcome and can help fundraise by having a go at the welly wanging or hammer striker for a donation.

Portsmouth’s own Great British Bake Off contestant Enwezor Nzegwu will be in attendance and will create a bespoke sports day cake to raffle off.

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer but only one per cent of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to the disease.

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