Thomas Wright

Tom's Manchester to Sheffield hike for Sheffield Scholarships

Fundraising for University of Sheffield
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Participants: Mary Smith - my amazing Mum who will be completing the second half of the hike from Edale (approximately 30.7km) alongside me to the finish line at the University Arms. Her support and accompaniment during this means the world to me.
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Anybody who's been keeping even half an eye on my recent social media activity will have seen I've been doing some rather long, and rather frequent, treks. 

So, on 24th March 2023, I'll be taking on a 70km hike from Manchester, through the Peak District, all the way back to Sheffield in support of Student Scholarships at the University of Sheffield. 

Sheffield Scholarships is a cause that is close to my heart and one I care deeply for, both from a personal and professional perspective. 

From a personal point of view, I know first hand the benefits in receiving financial support directly from the University. As a student myself, I received financial support alongside my course and this helped me to balance my living costs (food, rent etc.) alongside enabling me to enjoy a proactive and productive social life whilst studying. These two things interlink, and my financial support from the University gave me the confidence and assurance from a financial perspective to pursue my studies, expand my personal interests and make the most of my time studying in Sheffield. 

From a professional aspect as a Senior Enquiries Adviser for the Student Services Information Desk (SSiD) I have seen first hand the significant increase in students seeking financial support; whether this is for general living costs or support contributing towards tuition fees. This causes stress, concern and places barriers for students to really benefit from their University experience, and in many cases to even apply to University. The current cost of living has exacerbated a situation that already provides significant concerns to applicants and students, and these have motivated me to fundraise. I want to actively make a difference at a time when financial support is needed more than ever. 

Scholarships can change the life of a bright student from a low-income household forever. For a student from a disadvantaged background, it can be the difference between going to University or not at all. 

These students have the most to gain from University life. They also have the most to worry about financially if they get here. 

With your generous help, we can give more talented people the chance to benefit from a University of Sheffield education.

Thank you, for your generosity and kindness.

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