Kent to host its first ever giving week (9-13 May)

Olivia Miller

Kent will be hosting its first ever fundraising week, Kent Giving Week, from 9-13 May 2022 to help raise vital funds for University projects.

This year’s Giving Week will have a specific focus on raising funds for the Parkinson’s Centre for Integrated Therapy, a partnership between the University, the national charity Parkinson’s Care and Support UK, and the Kent Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre.

Kent Giving Week will include a programme of engaging events for students, staff and the local community.

Events include:

  • A 5k route on campus with the option of silent disco headphones
  • A static bike ride
  • A lunchtime music concert from East Kent Rock Choir
  • A TED talk-style event with guest speakers discussing Parkinson’s treatments and therapies
  • A Kent ‘Bright Minds’ showcase event, with PhD students talking about their cutting-edge research.
  • A ‘Net-walking’ Business Breakfast, for businesses to connect with Kent experts on the go, to discuss the Parkinson’s Centre for Integrated Therapy
  • Stress Buster Massages from staff and students at Kent’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • A Live stream of interviews, challenges and demonstrations, including celebrity appearances from Paralympian and Kent student Millie Knight and TV presenter Gemma Hunt.

Alongside these events, Kent is running a Moving Challenge, where this year’s target is to travel the collective distance of 5,000km with individuals running, swimming, walking, cycling or even skydiving whilst raising funds through sponsorship.

The Parkinson’s Centre for Integrated Therapy will be the first of its kind in the UK to provide the therapies, knowledge, tools and social community needed to overcome many of the physical and mental limitations imposed by Parkinson’s disease. Kent’s target will be to raise £25,000 for the Centre with its Kent Giving Week fundraising efforts.

To register for events or make donations, individuals can visit: