A 'new year, new you' challenge
With 2020 behind us, this is the time to stay motivated, set yourself achievable fitness goals and try something a little different to stay well.
Our Fundraising team have put together some hospice-inspired fitness ideas to get you moving, keep those Lincolnshire lockdown pounds off and raise vital donations and awareness for our hospice services. This challenge will run from January to March 2021.
Don’t Quit, Get Fit ideas range from running, walking, cycling, swimming and even skydiving! What’s more, register your JustGiving page and receive a free St Barnabas water bottle to keep you hydrated! This challenge is for all ages and abilities. Whether you are a professional athlete or just starting out, go at your own pace and set achievable goals.
Register today – it’s just a simple sign up form and we will support you with your challenge, fundraising and send you your FREE St Barnabas water bottle. It would be fantastic if you can try to raise a minimum of £71.40 in sponsorship money.
Can you raise £71.40?
We have set this as your sponsorship target to cover two hours of vital physiotherapy or occupational therapy sessions for our patients. Often when a patient is diagnosed and is referred to our services, they have limited movement. Our Clinical team work closely to support their wellbeing and make sure they live as comfortably as possible, for as long as possible.
Click here to set up your JustGiving page.
Choose your challenge
We have put together some ideas for challenges below, but please don’t feel tied to them if you want to come up with your own! We ask that you adhere to your local tier restrictions at all times to keep both yourself and others safe.
Cycle or run the distance between our Hospice bases. Could you challenge yourself to virtually cycle or run the distance between two of our Hospice bases, or take on all of them in seven days? We would be grateful if you don’t physically visit these buildings during current restrictions, but complete these distances on routes/home equipment of your choosing.
- Lincoln Inpatient Unit to Grantham – 34 miles (54.4km)
- Grantham to Spalding – 30 miles (48km)
- Spalding to Boston – 17 miles (27.2km)
- Boston to Skegness – 22 miles (35.2km)
- Skegness to Louth – 25 miles (40km)
- Louth to Gainsborough – 36 miles (57.6 km)
- Gainsborough to Lincoln Inpatient Unit – 21miles (33.6km)
Total: 185 miles (296km)
Walk the distance you would jump if you were to do a St Barnabas Hospice Skydive each day for a week – that’s 15,000 ft or 2.8 miles daily. Alternatively, sign up for the real thing in Spring 2021 at Wickenby Airfield! This one is perfect for dog owners. Did you know that the average UK dog needs walking 40 minutes each day? This roughly equals the 2.8 daily miles needed to complete this challenge.
A St Barnabas nurse walks an average of 12,000 steps in one shift. Could you match that each day for a week? You could ditch the car and walk the school run or switch off from Zoom and do a ‘walkie talkie’ meeting each day throughout January with your colleagues. Perfect for children, new parents and anyone working from home!
Run the 24.5 mile ‘Yorkshire Three Peaks’ (minus the hills) for St Barnabas Hospice. One of our most popular challenges has seen nearly 100 people walk the hills to raise vital funds. Perhaps your last mile could include Lincoln’s Steep Hill?
Take your challenge to the swimming pool. Fifteen supporters will be trekking up Mount Toubkal, Morocco for St Barnabas in 2021. The famous mountain is 4,167 meters (2.5 miles) tall. Could you swim the distance three times a week for a month?
Choose your own challenge! Although you could get stuck into one of the activities above, we would love to hear from those of you wanting to choose your own challenge to complete. In the past, people have done incredible things like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on their stairs, running a mile each hour for every hour of the day, or forming a group and virtually completing a huge walking/running/cycling distance together.
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What do I get for signing up?
Although we can’t see each other face-to-face at present, we have been working hard to make sure we can give you as much support as possible throughout this challenge. With this in mind, everyone who signs up will receive…
- A free St Barnabas water bottle (once your JustGiving page has been registered).
- Exclusive access to our private ‘Adventures with St Barnabas’ Facebook group where you can talk to and learn from like-minded supporters.
- A discount card for retailers specialising in outdoor and sports wear.
- A certificate on completion of your challenge.
- Hints and tips from professionals.
- Fundraising support and guidance from our team.
Could coronavirus affect this challenge?
We are monitoring the developments related to the coronavirus and adhering to all regulations and guidelines from the World Health Organisation and local public health authorities.
The health and wellbeing of all our patients, visitors, volunteers, supporters and staff is our top priority and we’re taking all necessary precautions to keep our services open for the people who need us most.
Please refer to the relevant advice for your tier when choosing your challenge, and get in touch with us if there is anything you are unsure on. You can do this by calling 01522 540 300 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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