NHS staff from Boston and Lincoln join in festive fitness fundraiser for cancer charity

Dozens of NHS workers are taking part in a daily exercise challenge to raise funds for a breast cancer charity.

NHS staff taking part in the exercise challenge.
NHS staff taking part in the exercise challenge.

More than 80 staff from across Pilgrim and Lincoln ULHT hospitals have already signed up to the challenge which began on December 1 and runs until Christmas.

The fundraiser for Breast Cancer Now has been organised by Donna Woodward, Breast Care Nurse Specialist.

She set up a Facebook fundraising page in the hopes of raising £1,000 – but just two days into the challenge, it has already smashed that target.

A pet dog provides added weight for this plank.

Staff have already been squatting, planking and doing ‘punches’ at work, at home, and anywhere they can – helping to raise £1,609 so far.

Many have captured their efforts on camera to share on the group, with some comical posts showing pets getting involved.

“This challenge has been such good fun,” said Donna. “I am truly overwhelmed by the amount of people and their family’s that have committed to this!

"Our goal is to complete these daily challenges (set for us by Breast Cancer Now) in order to raise money for this worthy cause.

Participants doing planks on their holiday to support the fundraiser for Breast Cancer Now.

“Many of us are touched by breast cancer in some way and working within the breast unit we see the impact of this disease on a daily basis.

“By completing this challenge, the aim is to raise money for Breast Cancer Now as well as promoting fitness at Christmas time.”

Donna offered thanks to colleague Dr Lydia Prusty who she said “has been very instrumental in recruiting staff for the challenge”.

• To support the fundraiser with a donation, visit the Facebook fundraising page.

Donna Woodward, front row, second left, with just some of the 80+ colleagues who are supporting the fundraiser.
Donna Woodward, left, with colleague Dr Lydia Prusty.
NHS staff taking part in day one of the festive exercise fundraiser for Breast Cancer Now.
This participant got some exercises in on the dog walk to support the December fundraiser.
An NHS staff member doing some squats for the exercise fundraiser.
A participant doing the 'punches' exercise for the daily December fundraiser.
An NHS staff member doing some squats for the exercise fundraiser.
Colleagues from the Lincoln Breast Unit.