10 May 2018 - 10 May 2019

Students Against Meningitis Challenges

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About the event


Over the past 8 years, we have sent thousands of students to Tanzania to conquer Kilimanjaro, to Europe to run marathons such as Athens and Bilbao, around the UK to take on the 3 Peaks Challenge, and to jump out of planes, all in the name of raising vital funds for MRF.

We work with universities around the country to run these trips, and would love for you to join the team! As an official partner of Choose a Challenge we are happy to work with you or your RAG to run any of their incredible challenges.

What challenges do we offer?


We have been running the Kilimanjaro challenge with students for 8 years, it was the first student challenge that we offered, and we have sent over 1,300 students out to Tanzania to conquer the roof of Africa. Because of this, Kili is our favourite challenge to run with students, however we are also happy to work with you on other trekking challenges run by Choose a Challenge, such as Everest Base Camp and Machu Picchu.

The Kilimanjaro Challenge is by far the best thing I have ever done. Fundraising was much more achievable than I expected following the amazing support from the MRF team. I would recommend this opportunity to everyone, go for it and you will NOT regret it… I know I don’t!” - Eddy Adams, Kilimanjaro


We are happy to partner with your university for any of the European marathons offered by Choose a Challenge, which include Budapest, Amsterdam, Prague, Barcelona, Athens, and the Bilbao Night Marathon. In 2018, we introduced our beautiful new running vests (pictured), which we provide for all of our marathon participants.

Running the Bilbao Night Marathon was an experience of a lifetime that I’m sure none of our team will forget. The support that MRF offered to us throughout the year was impeccable; the student fundraising team are the most committed and friendly people you could possibly ask to work with and were on hand to help us exactly as and when we needed it.” Connie Grant, Bilbao Night Marathon


In 2015, we partnered with Warwick RAG to run the first ever 3 Peaks Challenge with Choose a Challenge. It was a huge success, and as a result has become one of Choose a Challenge’s staple trips which they now run across 11 different universities. This trip is ideal for those who fancy taking on a challenge a little closer to home, and includes a celebratory night out in Manchester to finish!

“The Three Peaks Challenge was one of the highlights of my university year, it was the most incredibly rewarding experience. Knowing that I was completing the challenge for MRF gave me the extra strength and determination I needed to succeed. The feeling you get at the end of the challenge is like nothing else – pride and elation.” Oliver Preece, Three Peaks


New to 2018, we have introduced a competitive student skydive package which you can get involved with as either an individual or as a RAG.

“Completing a charity skydive had been on my bucket list for many years and it didn’t disappoint - it is one of the best things I’ve ever experienced! The support from the student team was invaluable and they were always on hand with fundraising tips and advice to ensure we reached and exceeded our targets.” -  Chloe Milloy, MRF Skydiver  

What support do we provide challenge participants?

As part of our award-winning student programme, all challenge participants are offered plenty of fundraising support from the Student Team and Challenge Leaders.

Luke Hardcastle
Luke Hardcastle
“The support offered by the MRF student team is exceptional, simply put they are the best in the business. It’s a pleasure to work with them and I cannot recommend them highly enough!” - Luke Hardcastle, Warwick RAG Vice President

After you’ve signed up for the challenge, a member of the Student Team will come to campus a hold a fundraising workshop for you and the rest of the team. This is a great opportunity to meet those you will be taking on the challenge alongside, and to find out everything you need to know regarding how to fundraise!

A member of the Student Team will also come back to campus once a term to have a 1-2-1 with you, and create a bespoke fundraising plan for the year based on your networks and working around your schedule.

You will also have a Challenge Leader based on campus who will be your main point on contact throughout the year.


We offer a minimum of 3 street collections local to your university per term, as well as the option to request a home collection during the Christmas, Easter, and Summer holidays. We also run a Student Raffle during first term, which the average student raises around £100 from. Additionally, we have our annual flagship event London Loot during the Easter holidays, which the average collector raises £400 from.

If you take advantage of all of the fundraising opportunities that we offer, you can raise well over half of your fundraising target from that alone! That’s before you’ve had any donations from family and friends, and even thought about organising any of your own fundraising events.

Lauren Brown
Lauren Brown
“I’ve found working with MRF to be an absolute breeze, the team is incredibly responsive and they are always on hand to answer any questions that I may have. I know that I’m in good hands when it comes to my fundraising thanks to their impeccable support and all of the fundraising opportunities that they offer” - Lauren Brown, Everest Base Camp

Become a Challenge Leader

If you like the idea of a reduced fundraising target, gaining valuable leadership skills to help enhance your CV, and supporting a team of students to raise huge amounts of money for an incredible cause, then why not apply to be a Challenge Leader!


Being a Challenge Leader means being a representative of MRF and a main point of contact on your university campus.

You will be expected to help with promoting your challenge - flyering, sharing on social media, door-knocking etc.

Once you have recruited your team, you will be their main point of contact throughout the year, helping to support them with their fundraising by having 1-2-1s, organising fundraising workshops and group fundraising opportunities, and having monthly catch up calls with your account manager at MRF to feedback to us how the team are getting on.

In order to succeed as a Challenge Leader, you should be confident, outgoing, proactive, and most importantly – responsive. Previous experience of fundraising is a bonus but not essential. If you are passionate about raising money for a fantastic cause and supporting a team of volunteers, then you have everything you need to succeed!
In return for your hard work, we offer Challenge Leaders a discounted fundraising target for their challenge. We provide all leaders with 2 days of training to ensure they understand the role and what is expected of them prior to the start of the academic year. Being a Challenge Leader is a fantastic way to gain leadership skills and enhance your CV, making sure that you really stand out from the crowd when applying for grad jobs!
Meg Wilkinson
Meg Wilkinson
“The student fundraising team at MRF have been fantastic to work with during my time as a challenge leader. They have been super supportive in providing me with information, they’re always available for any question I may have, and have helped me be the best challenge leader I can be to support my team” - Meg Wilkinson, Kilimanjaro Challenge Leader
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