The NCTJ team and our supporters are taking on a mammoth challenge to travel 500km in one day and raise £5,000 for the Thomas Read bursary.
The bursary is awarded each year to help an aspiring journalist with disabilities or long-term physical or mental health problems fund their NCTJ training.
It was set up in partnership with the family of the late Sky Sports News journalist Thomas Read, who died unexpectedly in 2015, aged 25.
He was a journalist with cerebral palsy, who achieved a substantial amount in the field of journalism in a short space of time.
On Friday, 3 November, the NCTJ team will be aiming to clock up a combined total distance of 500km travelled in one day.
There are no restrictions on the activities we can use to reach this target, which could include running, walking, cycling, rowing and more.
Anyone can get involved with the challenge by donating £5, getting active on the day and submitting the evidence of the kilometres they travelled from a tracking app or device.
The NCTJ team will be based at Fitness Focus Gym in Clavering, but we will accept kilometres travelled anywhere, be that on a treadmill or around your local area.
Joanne Forbes, NCTJ chief executive, said: “It’s a tough target, but we’re up to the challenge and determined to reach our goal in order to raise money towards this very worthy cause.
“Thomas was an inspirational, young journalist who embodied all the values the NCTJ stands for. The Thomas Read bursary has helped scores of talented people enter the industry and we are tremendously grateful to the Read family for partnering with us on the fund.
“Everyone can join in with this challenge from anywhere around the world, so get involved.”
The NCTJ will be posting updates on our social media pages throughout the fundraiser, giving live insights on how we’re progressing towards our goal.
The Thomas Read bursary is delivered through the NCTJ’s Journalism Diversity Fund, which helps people from diverse backgrounds fund their NCTJ training.
To donate to our fundraiser, click here.
Find out more about how to submit your kilometres to the NCTJ by emailing Franki Berry on email@example.com.