Global humanitarian needs are soaring. According the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ (UNOCHA) needs overviews 2014-2020, by 2022 two hundred and twelve million people will be in need of humanitarian assistance. Climate change and conflict continue to drive up need.
In order to help the growing number of people caught up in natural disasters, disease outbreaks and conflict, UK-Med must grow and respond more often. To that end, a strategic goal of 2020 is to deploy independently – marking a significant step in UK-Med’s organisational evolution.
To do this, we need a number of things – but in the main more people and more funds. We are ramping up our recruitment efforts, and we would appreciate the help of our members in spreading the word about new opportunities – more information to follow.
You can also help as we try to raise funds, and this year we’ve got a number of exciting challenges for you to get involved with.
Taking part in a fundraising event is a great way to get your families, friends and colleagues on with UK-Med. By collecting sponsorship donations, you are spreading the word about UK-Med and informing your loved ones of the vital work you do here.
Fundraising is, well, fun! Each of our events have been chosen with community spirit in mind. So grab your trainers and your game faces and we’ll see you there.
May 24th: Great Manchester Run and Half Marathon
Unsure about committing to a full a marathon? No problem – the Great Manchester Run and Half Marathon will both be taking place on the 24th May. The Great Manchester Run is the largest 10k in Europe. This annual event boasts a wonderful atmosphere with live bands, DJs and cheering points en route. Feeling up to the challenge? Join our team of UK-Med participants for a fantastic day of sporting cheer.
June 12th-15th: UK-Med’s Land’s End to John O’Groats Cycle Relay Challenge
1000 miles. 5 relays riders. 4 days. 3 hospitals. 1 challenge… our toughest challenge yet. We are looking for five participants to join our marathon cycle relay from the most extreme southern point of mainland England in Cornwall to the extreme northern point of mainland Scotland in Caithness.
Keen cyclist but don’t fancy the whole length of the route? Help our tired cyclists get back in the saddle by joining our convoys leaving Bristol, Manchester and Glasgow.
If you are passionate about the work of UK-Med but cycling is not your thing, you can still help to welcome our cyclists as they arrive at Bristol, Manchester and Glasgow.
July 11th: Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge
Do you prefer walking to cycling and running? This could be the challenge for you. Take on the 25 mile route traversing Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent, in under 12 hours with breath-taking views along the way.