Annual Staff Sports Day raises over £3,000 for charity!

Staff members from the University of Portsmouth took part in an annual sports day, raising valuable funds for Brain Tumour Research.

Over 200 members of staff took part in the event, with 19 teams registered on the day.
Over £3,000 was raised through team fundraising and a raffle. Funds raised will go towards brain tumour research.
‘Cash Me If You Can’ from the Treasury Department took home the glory as our Sports Day 2017 Champions.

Through a series of classic childhood track races, University of Portsmouth staff members competed for team victory to claim the Sports Day trophy. Now in it’s ninth year, the event was held in Ravelin Park with favourable weather conditions occurring on the day.

Staff who attended the event were led through a mass warm-up before moving onto the first round of relay races.

Nineteen teams of staff from the university’s academic and support departments took on fun challenges such as the egg & spoon race, three-legged race and the sack race. The day also featured an ‘It’s a Knockout’ style team obstacle course and the Gladiator Joust.

Head of Sport at the University of Portsmouth, Paul Tilley, said, “It’s been another fantastic Sports Day with so many of our staff taking part and spectating from across the University. This was the ninth year we have held the event and have raised almost £10,000 in that time for Brain Tumour Research, which is a great figure that we hope to keep adding to in years to come.”



Brain Tumour Research

As part of their entry, each team was actively encouraged to raise funds for national charity Brain Tumour Research. Additional funds were also raised through a raffle and BBQ on the day. In total, over £3,000 has been raised, with donations continuing to come in.

Brain Tumour Research funds a network of Centres of Excellence, including one at the University of Portsmouth, led by Professor Geoff Pilkington. This is one of the largest dedicated teams of lab-based researchers working on brain tumours within the UK, where scientists are focused on improving treatments and finding a cure. Sport and Recreation have worked year-on-year to help raise funds for this valuable cause. Over the last nine years, we’ve helped to raise £9655.68 in total. This equates to around 3.5 days of research for the charity – a day of research for the charity costs £2740.

Brain Tumour Research community fundraiser Tim Green said: “We are very grateful to the staff at the university for their ongoing support. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. It’s events like these that help will really make a difference in supporting vital research into brain tumours and bringing us closer to a cure.”

For more information on Brain Tumour Research, please contact Tim on 07802 724310 or



Results in Full

Winners were announced during a post-event celebration at the Waterhole Bar. Several teams proved to be strong contenders for the trophy, claiming many 1st place rosettes in individual races. However, Cash Me If You Can claimed the trophy through a stealthy win based on consistent effort in all races. By claiming second place in almost all races,  they secured the points they needed for their victory.


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Thanks to our Supporters

Our fundraising total would be unachievable without some very generous prize donations towards our raffle. We’d like to express our thanks to the local and national business who offered their support on the day, and to those who purchased raffle tickets.


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Kings Theatre

Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Planet Ice

Portsmouth City Council

Pompey in the Community

Sustainable Nutrition

Crossfit Box Portsmouth

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Churchill’s Restaurant

Bread Addiction

Jags @ 119

Pie & Vinyl


Old Tom’s

The Chambers

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Confiserie Verdonk

The Beauty Retreat

Medusa Hairdresing

Hardys Salon


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