A North Lincolnshire hospice is inviting local people to sign up to its month-long virtual fitness challenge in January to turn the excess pounds they gain over the festive period into cash for charity.
Lindsey Lodge Hospice has launched its ‘Jog on January’ fitness challenge in a bid to motivate people to be active for at least 20 minutes every day and raise vital funds to help it continue to support local patients and their families who are living with a life limiting illness.
Event organiser, Lindsey Lodge Hospice Head of Fundraising Tom Moody said: “January is the peak time for people making New Year’s resolutions to improve their overall fitness, so we’re offering them the additional incentive of signing up to support their local Hospice too!”
The Burringham Road Hospice is run as an independent charity to provide free of charge, specialist palliative care to patients and families living in North Lincolnshire. Last year alone it provided 2,503 overnight stays in its Inpatient Unit and had 2,302 attendances to its Wellbeing Centre.
Tom added: “We have seen a 95% increase in our admissions in the past year and our running costs now stand at over £3.3 million. As an independent charity we rely on fundraising activities and donations to meet these costs, so we hope people will sign up and support us, in the knowledge they’ll be making a really difference for our charity.”
For a £10 registration fee, participants will receive their official ‘Jog on January’ T shirt, which features a calendar design for them to tick off each day as they complete their exercise. They will also be given access to the official Jog on January Strava group to share their daily progress, as well as sharing photos on social media using the hashtag #jogonjan.
Anyone who raises over £50 will receive a Jog on January medal, and reaching £100 or more will see participants being entered into a prize draw to win three free exclusive coaching sessions with local personal trainer DCO Fitness.
Tom said: “There’s no minimum or maximum age limit, so the whole family can get involved. Jog, run, walk, swim, dance or jump - it’s entirely your choice, all you need to do is keep moving every day! The more active you are and the more sponsorship you raise will see you reaping rewards, as well as making a real difference in your local community.”
To sign up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
, or ring the Lindsey Lodge Hospice Fundraising Team on (01724) 270835.