24 Hour Inspire 2017
10 February 2017
30-31 March 2017, 5 pm to 5 pm, in the Hicks Building. 24 hours of talks on life, the universe and everything - from very small things (neutrinos, small molecules, life under the microscope), to the big questions (climate change, Brexit, migration), from literature to law, robots to radiotherapy, fake news to fertility... Plus Radio Inspire, art exhibition, live music and refreshments. Tickets on the door: £7 minimum donation for 24 hour access, £2 minimum donation for a single lecture. All proceeds to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and Teenage Cancer Trust. See you there!
Text giving for Inspiration for Life
03 February 2017
You can now donate to Inspiration for Life by text message! Just text INSP24 £10 (or whatever you wish to donate) to 70070 to support us today.
Raising funds for Weston Park Hospital
31 October 2016
17 runners took part in the Endcliffe Park 10k run on 9 October, and have so far raised over £700. You can read more about the team and their experience of taking part here: https://inspirationforlifeblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/18/inspiration-for-running/
And on 20 October trustee Chris Sexton helped to raise over £40k for Weston Park through a night of comedy - she competed with a number of others to present a stand-up comedy routine, and won! https://inspirationforlifeblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/21/inspiration-for-laughter/
24 Hour Inspire 2016
18 May 2016
We are very pleased to report that the fourth 24 Hour Inspire, which took place on 12-13 May, was a great success, with a packed programme of talks from speakers across the University (and visitors from Leeds, Durham and Oxford), as well as a pop-up radio station broadcasting throughout the event, and an art exhibition. Our fundraising pages are still open for donations, but funds raised currently top £2600 (including £660 raised by Matt Mears fundraising challenge, which saw him deliver his talk dressed as Dr Franknfurter from the Rocky Horror Show!), and will be divided between Teenage Cancer Trust and Impact Young Heroes once the total is finalised. More reflections on the event will be posted on our blog shortly. Many thanks to all who took part - as speakers, volunteers, musicians, DJs and organisers - and to all who have donated so far. We are already thinking about the 2017 event!
24 Hour Inspire 2016
11 April 2016
The programme for the 2016 24 Hour Inspire is now available on the charity blog here: https://inspirationforlifeblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/24-hour-inspire-2016-12-13-may-programme/. Updates and further information will be posted as available here and on the blog. Keep an eye too on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.
24 Hour Inspire 2016
20 March 2016
The 24 Hour Inspire 2016 will take place on 12-13 May, in the Hicks Building at the University of Sheffield, starting at 5 pm on Thursday 12th, and finishing at 5 pm on Friday 13th. We have a fantastic line-up of speakers - physicists, lawyers, linguists, historians, engineers, medics and more - something for everyone! This year we are raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Impact Young Heroes, in memory and in celebration of Tim Richardson and Victoria Henshaw. More details of the programme will follow shortly. See you there!
20 September 2015
Since we started Inspiration for Life, people have come up with all sorts of ways to raise funds for us. 10k runs, half and full marathons, plant sales and cake sales, bike rides and art shows. But this is a first…
James’s Sock Challenge
James Dash, a former student in the department, tells us about his ‘sock challenge’, which raised £280 for Inspiration for Life:
So, a little on my sock challenge. During my two and a half years at work I have gained a bit of a reputation for wearing some pretty funky socks in the office. I decided in February of last year that I was going to set myself a sock challenge that would last for a year. I came across a website that showed a whole host of bizarre and unique national days (you would be surprised at how many national days this site claims there are, although I suspect many of them are not British) such as "Elephant Appreciation Day", "National Watermelon Day" and "Lost Sock Memorial Day". Each week I had to choose one of these bizarre days that was unique to that week and wear a pair of socks to represent that day. I initially did it for a bit of fun but then my colleague mentioned that if I were to do the challenge for charity then he would sponsor me and he suspected that others would do the same. After gauging interest in the office I managed to find around 15 people to sponsor me. Each week I would wear a pair of socks to represent one of the bizarre and unique days and my colleague would judge whether or not they represented the day well enough. If he agreed that they did then each of my sponsors would donate a sum to my total, if he didnt agree that the socks represented the day well enough then I would have to donate money to the total. A year later and with a wardrobe containing over 52 pairs of socks I had managed to pass 45 weeks of the sock challenge and had raised £560. I decided to split the money I had raised between two charities. Inspiration for Life was an obvious charity for me as I had gotten on well with Tim during my time at the university and was in communication with him up until a few months before his sad passing. He did a lot to inspire me during my time as a student in the Physics department and so it is with great pleasure that I am able to donate £280 to this charity.
Many thanks James – we’re very impressed, and grateful!
Endcliffe Park TenTenTen
We’re fielding a team of runners again for the Endcliffe Park 10k on 18 October, which raises funds for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. Signed up so far are: Jacob Albon, Sarah Browne, Clea Carroll, Ash and Ines Henriques Cadby, Ana Morales Garcia, Liam Hardy, Susan Jarvis, Cath Jackson, Martin McAllister, Paula Meth, Fran Marshall, Anneka Nelson-Girtchen, Greg Oldfield, Fabio Pontecchiani, Jon Perkin, Nicola Strafford, Dave Sahman and Lee Thompson. We’re running in memory of Tim Richardson and Victoria Henshaw, and you can support us here.