Do you fancy committing to a New Years’ Resolution that isn’t going to go straight out of the window by the 7th of January?

We’re looking for local people to support Blythe House Hospicecare and Helen’s Trust by taking on a fitness challenge and helping to raise vital funds for our much-needed services.

Sarah Denwood raised an incredible £1,250 for local hospice care by running over 870 miles to complete the Lands’ End to John O’Groats Virtual Challenge throughout 2021.

The Chapel-en-le-Frith resident said: ‘I am very aware of the services that the hospice provides and know many people that have benefitted from them. I’ve never been a runner and always hated it; even hiding on the cross-country route at school so I didn’t have to do the whole run.

‘During lockdown I was challenged to do a 5km run for the NHS and from then on, I’ve enjoyed it. As the months have gone by I’ve done more running and have increased my pace and distance, so as a challenge for myself I signed up to do a virtual run from Lands’ End to John O’Groats to raise money for the hospice.’

Scott Beswick from Buxton smashed his fundraising target when he took on the London Marathon last year. He raised over £2,347 for hospice services that supported his mother-in-law, Julie when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

He previously explained: ‘Amidst the constant stream of appointments and intense treatment here, there and everywhere, Blythe House supported Julie and our family from her very first meeting; providing her with weekly day-care services including activities, complementary therapies, and opportunities to meet others who share similar experiences, as well as practical help and advice.

‘To thank Blythe House for everything they have done and continue to do for Julie, our family and other families similar to ours, I want to put myself out there and complete the biggest challenge of my life whilst raising vital funds for the charity.’

Remember! You don’t need to undertake a running challenge to support Blythe House and Helen’s Trust services – here are just a few ideas for other fitness initiatives you could take on in the name of hospice care:

  • Bike ride
  • Climb a mountain… or mountains with an event like the Three Peaks Challenge!
  • Dance competition
  • Muddy obstacle event e.g. Tough Mudder or X-Runner
  • Sponsored walk
  • Sporting tournament
  • Swimathon
  • Tri/ duathlon

Find out more about how you could support your local hospice with a fitness challenge to see in 2022 with all the very best intentions for both yourself and your local community, by visiting our website:  www.blythehousehospice.org.uk/support-us/individuals-and-groups

There, you can read a digital copy of our supporter pack, or request a printed copy by contacting the fundraising team on 01298 815 388 or by emailing: fundraising@blythehouse.co.uk