THE introduction of another lockdown has directly impacted on charitable fundraising, including Willow Wood Hospice which is once again counting the cost with the closure of town centre shops and the cancellation or postponement of activities.
However, the hospice has come up with a fundraising idea that can easily be done from home – 100k in 100 days. That sounds a lot, but it is actually just one kilometre per day for just over three months and can be done in any way you like.
If you have home gym equipment ring the changes with rowing, cycling or running on a treadmill. Incorporate it into your daily routine by setting your fitness tracker while you are doing your housework or going round the supermarket, it could even turn the chores into fun!
Of course, if you have a dog, you are probably already doing 1k per day without even thinking about it. The number of steps to a kilometre is usually averaged to about 1,300 steps – the exact distance depends on your height and length of stride and walking is a great, low impact way to get fit, with many health benefits.
It is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, helps lower blood pressure, boosts your metabolism and can even help you sleep better.
The 100k in 100 days fits very neatly into Willow Wood’s annual Ton of Love campaign, where the hospice asks people to raise a minimum of just £100 to help keep their specialised and loving care free of charge for the people of Tameside and Glossop.
By registering online, participants will receive a stylish Bee Safe or Bee Alert t-shirt, be invited to be part of a celebratory artwork for the Willow Wood reception area and have the reassurance of knowing that any sponsor money raised will go directly to help patients and their loved ones when they need it the most.
Please go to www.willowwood.info to register, and to find out more information about the hospice and other ways you can get involved with Willow Wood.