World Hepatitis Day 2021

This year we are celebrating the 10th official World Hepatitis Day and 20 years since the Hepatitis C Trust first opened its doors as the only charity dedicated to supporting patients affected by hepatitis C.

The past year has been difficult for us all and the Hepatitis C Trust encouraged staff and volunteers to get active through walks, running and cycling to increase their health and wellbeing during the pandemic. The pursuit for a happy and healthy team quickly grew into a phenomenal quest to join forces with our community and healthcare partners to collectively make our way around the world by World Hepatitis Day 2021. This is a unique challenge to walk, run, cycle, wheelchair, swim, row or even roller skate the 24,901 miles / 40,075 km equatorial circumference of the Earth.  

The map below shows our current progress as we make our way westward (to the left) from the UK.

 

Past World Hepatitis Day challenges have included the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge and rising 8,848 meters above sea level to reach Mount Everest by climbing hills all around the UK. This year we are going global, with the world as our limit, to achieve our biggest challenge to date. A good dose of team spirit and the support or all our partners is needed, to reach our goal of raising awareness of hepatitis C, as we journey around the world towards elimination.

Together we are joining forces to fundraise for our peer volunteers, who have dedicated their time to support our effort for the elimination of hepatitis C, even throughout the pandemic. We also recognize that COVID-19 has had an impact on the mental health and wellbeing of many in our society and will therefore donate 50% of the funds raised to the mental health charity MIND for the important work they do. We would kindly like to request all external participants to donate at least £5 towards this challenge and join us to make each step around the world count towards hepatitis C elimination and the wellbeing of our volunteers and those needing support with their mental health.

Eliminating hepatitis C by 2030 is a big task, just like our biggest challenge ever, but this can be achieved by working together and leaving no one behind. Join the Hepatitis C Trust as we celebrate our 20th anniversary and help us reach the world by making our way across it together as a global team by the 10th World Hepatitis Day on 28th July 2021.