Brit Challenge 2021

The University of Derby will be taking part in the BRIT Challenge between Monday 19 April and Sunday 16 May 2021. 

About the challenge

The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) is uniting the education, sport and charity sectors in the BRIT 2021 Challenge - an inclusive feel-good fundraiser to improve mental health and fitness and raise money for charities that provide vital support to students and young adults.

The University of Derby is taking on the BRIT 2021 Challenge in April and needs you!

Working together as one team, we are challenging our students and staff to cover a distance of 2,021 miles by a variety of means - e.g. cycling, walking, running, rowing, paddling - and to raise as much money as possible for every mile completed.

With your help, we can raise vital funds for charities that support young adults. If every UK university and college raised just £2,021 each, it would generate almost £1 million in support for young adult mental health.

All funds raised through our BRIT Challenge Virgin Money Giving pages will be shared equally between five charities: The British Inspiration Trust; Nightline; PAPYRUS - Prevention of Young Suicide; Student Minds; and The Charlie Waller Trust.

Please join us in the University's BRIT 2021 Challenge event which starts on Monday 19 April.

Our BRIT Challenge activities

There are four different challenges for you to choose from:

Find out more about what these entail below. 

The Derby Moves Challenge

Join one of our BRIT 2021 Moves walking, cycling or running distance challenges which are available to join on the Moves+ app and pledge to donate/fundraise for every mile completed. 

Every £1 counts, so please donate whatever you can afford. Here are some suggestions:

Please donate via our Virgin Money Giving fundraising page.


The Strava Run Challenge

Commit to run, jog or walk a 3 mile (5k) or a 6 mile (10k) distance in any location of your choosing e.g. local park, home, garden or treadmill. 

Join our UoD Social Runners Strava group. 

Track your activity on the Strava app which is free to download from Google Play and the App Store

Tag your activity with #BRIT2021 so we can record your miles

Once you've completed your run, jog or walk, make your donation via our Virgin Money Giving fundraising page.


Four people running in twilight.
Person wearing face mask after exercise
Two people in the distance walk through a mountain area.

The Peaks & Mountains stair-climb challenge

Complete one of these three stair-climb challenges as an individual, or "climb" with a group of friends or colleagues. It's your choice - but if you're feeling ambitious - and fit - why not complete them all?

  1. Derbyshire, 1 mile - climb 7,920 stairs (5280 feet/1609m)
  2. Lakes, 1.5 mile - climb 11,880 stairs (7920 feet / 2414m)
  3. Scotland, 2 miles - climb 15,840 Stairs (10560 feet/3218m)

Log the total distance you have climbed. 

Distance climbed

Once you have logged your distance, please donate via our Virgin Money Giving fundraising page.


The Mosh-up Miles challenge

Each week the Union of Students and Team Derby will set a BRIT challenge target distance (four in total) for our student and staff community to undertake as a collective effort. 

Any distance can be covered by whatever means you choose  - e.g. walking, wheelchair pushing, cycling, treadmill, rowing, a 'pass and move' sports activity, hand cycling or paddling - as long as you are travelling or moving forwards. 

When you have finished, simply log your activity and distance. 

Distance covered

And remember to donate any money raised via our Virgin Money Giving fundraising page.


Union Clubs and Societies - Any funds you raise for the BRIT 2021 Challenge can go toward your annual fundraising total. Please screenshot the distance completed on your phone along with confirmation of your Virgin Money Giving donation and send/share with Vanessa Lee, Student Activities Coordinator. 

The BRIT 2021 Challenge charity partners

The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) supports the mental health and wellbeing of young adults aged 16-25 through its annual mental health and fitness fundraising challenges that support the vital programmes and services of charity partners across the UK. This year's BRIT 2021 Challenge is an inclusive (adaptive sport) mental health, fitness and wellbeing challenge to fundraise, create wider young adult engagement and raise positive awareness of mental health and suicide prevention. 

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust educates young people, and those with responsibility for them such as parents, educators, employers, GPs and Practice Nurses, about their mental health and wellbeing. The Trust's aim is to improve people's understanding of mental health, to give them the knowledge and skills to look out for and support themselves and those around them, through a range of education and training

PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. It provides confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person. PAPYRUS engages communities and volunteers in suicide prevention projects, delivers training to individuals and groups and through campaigning aims to influence national social policy and suicide prevention strategies

Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. It works with students, service users, professionals and academics to develop new and innovative ways to improve the mental health of students. Student Minds aims to empower students and members of the university community to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health, support others, and create change, in order that everyone in higher education can thrive.

Niteline is a listening, emotional support and information service, run by students for students. There are currently 39 student-run Nightlines around the UK and ROI, giving students access to a confidential listening service throughout the night. Students can contact Niteline by phone, email, instant messages, texts and talk in person about anything that is troubling them.