Set your own challenge to support charity

St Barnabas Hospice is inviting supporters to walk, run, cycle or swim their way to fitness while raising vital funds for the charity.

Don't Quit - Get Fit

The hospice has launched its new campaign ‘Don’t Quit - Get Fit’ to encourage not only its supporters to get fit, but to raise funds after a difficult 2020 for the charity.

Those taking part can define their own challenge, whether that’s running the equivalent of a marathon, climbing the same amount of stairs as it would take to reach the top of Everest, or just getting outside to exercise after the festive season.

Fundraising officer at St Barnabas Paisley Paddison said: “We’re so excited to be bringing this active campaign to life, we’ve had so much support for physical and active events before that we wanted to encourage people to work up a sweat again; making 2021 their year!

“Health and exercise are highly important to promote positive wellbeing and ‘Don’t Quit – Get Fit’ provides a great opportunity for those in our local communities to take on a fundraising challenge which will allow them to have fun, take in some fresh air and focus on something in a time that is very challenging and worrying for many.”

It is easy and free to sign up and the St Barnabas team is there to support you every step of the way.

Caroline Swindin, fundraising development manager, said: “By raising just £71.40 it will enable St Barnabas nurses to provide two hours of physiotherapy or occupational therapy for our patients, helping to ensure that they live as comfortably as possible, for as long as possible.”

Supporters who register their JustGiving page will also receive a free St Barnabas water bottle.

You can register via a simple sign-up form, all the hospice asks is that you try to raise a minimum of £71.40 in sponsorship money.

Emma Tatlow, chief executive of Active Lincolnshire, said: “Being active is so important for both our physical and mental wellbeing.

“Getting outside and moving more boosts our mood, improves overall health and makes us more resilient to long-term health conditions.

“It is our vision at Active Lincolnshire for more people in the county to move more often – we should all be aiming for 150 minutes of movement a week (that’s 26 minutes a day) and this campaign will certainly help to keep Lincolnshire motivated and moving during in 2021, in addition to supporting the vital work of the hospice.”

Those taking part can also gain free access to the private ‘Adventure With St Barnabas’ Facebook group, advice from professionals and a discount card for retailers specialising in outdoor and sportswear.