Ordinary people do extraordinary things to raise money for Refuge.

Royal Veterinary College’s Women’s Rugby Team

On the weekend of the 6th June 2020, The Royal Veterinary College’s Women’s Rugby Team set out to run, walk and cycle the distance between Twickenham Stadium, London and The Principality Stadium, Cardiff (a whopping 230km). The team each ran, walk or cycled stints to make the distance, and despite a weekend of rain and strong winds they smashed their target, clocking a total of 319.62km! Despite their aching legs, the team was very proud to raise over £4,000 for Refuge.

Lockdown Ladies

Maraid created Lockdown Ladies after hearing about the emergency surrounding the rise of domestic abuse during COVID19. As an artist and designer, Maraid used her skills to create drawings of women in exchange for donations towards Refuge. Maraid’s Lockdown Ladies project has raised over £7,000 and has engaged a community of more than 3,000 people. She has received multiple messages from women who have been victims of domestic abuse, expressing how empowered these drawings have made them feel. Maraid says: "This experience has been eye opening, enlightening my view on how we can all come together creatively to help women in crisis."

Matthew Hughes

Matthew decided to do 3,000 press-ups and 3,000 burpees in the month of June 2020, raising a total of £1,693 for Refuge. Matthew managed to increase his reps from 20 press-ups and 15 burpees to 50 and 40 respectively but did tell us, "I never plan on doing a burpee again". Congratulations, Matt!


During lockdown in 2020, the team at UK software company Esri decided to bring their colleagues together to get them active but also raise funds for charity. The company’s main annual conference, due to be held in San Diego, had been cancelled, so Esri colleagues chose to ‘walk’ there, with each participant signing up to walk 5,000, 7,500 or 10,000 steps per day to reach their 13 million step target! Esri absolutely smashed it and raised £980 for Refuge – having to add several ‘detours’ to their journey so they didn’t finish too quickly. Participants gave a voluntary donation, with a generous matching by their company.

Solidarity Sounds UK

Fundraising collective, Solidarity Sounds UK, organised a mammoth 14hr long festival in aid of charities including Refuge. They booked more than 30 acts, sold 250 tickets and held the event virtually with the audience and performers all tuning in from home. From fitness & wellness classes, a family friendly rave and kids’ storytime to live streamed DJ sets, the event raised over £1,250 for Refuge.

Imperial College Sailing Club

Anita decided to organise her fellow members of Imperial College Sailing Club to cycle or run a collaborative total of 2,000km in two weeks during lockdown in 2020. They were all grateful for the break from studying inside, and several personal bests were made over the course of the two weeks. The team braved wind and rain to cover a total of 2,655km and raised £1,058 for Refuge.