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Nurse inspired to Run for All at Rotherham Hospital this Christmas

RUNNERS haven’t been able to meet on the start line as hoped this year, but the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity are joining forces with Run for All to encourage fundraisers to Jog On and start 2021 as we mean to go on.

Entries are now open in the Run for All Jog On 2020 – a new virtual fundraising challenge designed to help fundraisers end the year in style and to raise funds for good causes.

Amongst the runners taking part will be Kate Ellis, a nurse on the Acute Medical Unit at Rotherham Hospital, where she has worked for the past two years. The event allows runners to choose the distance they run, with Kate tackling 5K.

Kate, 58, of Shiregreeen in Sheffield, said:

“Working at Rotherham Hospital is like being part of one big community. It has a family-friendly feel and I absolutely love my job and the people I work with. It has been a really tough year for patients and staff alike and I was looking for a way to give something back to the NHS and to do something positive for myself.

“I used to love running and the Jog On 2020 is the perfect excuse to get my trainers on and get back into it. It will help me physically to get fitter and healthier as I’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes but it will also help me feel more mentally resilient too.

“My daughter Lucy and I have started running together again and it’s brilliant to have that one-to-one time with her and also to do something for myself. It’s wonderful to be outdoors, to be able to distress and to unwind.

“I will be working all through Christmas Eve to Boxing Day so it will be a lovely feeling to know I have the Jog On to look forward to after that. It will be a new year and a new start for me and I’m determined to begin 2021 doing something positive.

“I’ve no fundraising target in mind but I work with about 80 colleagues on AMU so if each of them donated the cost of a coffee or a pack of Christmas cards, I’d be able to raise enough to provide a real boost to the charity.”

How the Jog On 2020 works

Entries are now open! To register please visit: https://www.runforall.com/events/virtual-running/jog-on-2020/

Choose your distance

The best part is that you can decide the distance. During this registration process, you will be asked to decide if you are going to run 5K, 10K, 13.1 miles, 26.2 miles or Ultra (30 miles+) as your Jog On 2020 challenge.

What’s included?

The event costs £12 to enter (or £19 if you’d like a race t-shirt). The first entrants will have the chance to receive a limited edition Jog On 2020 water bottle. All entrants will receive a downloadable race bib to personalise. Once you have submitted your completed run you will receive branded Jog On 2020 Buff.

When do I run?

Jog On 2020 starts on Saturday 26 December 2020 and you will have until Wednesday 6 January to complete the distance. Whether you complete the distance in one go or complete a number of runs to cover the distance, the choice is yours.

Submitting Your Run

Before 26 December, Run for All will post a link to a submission form. You will need to fill this form out along with a screenshot of your run. Without this submission, your entry will not count and you will not be entitled to any rewards.

Donating your funds

The charity will support you every step of the way, from publicising your run, cheering you on to donate the money you have raised. The easiest way to raise funds is to set up a JustGiving page linked to the charity’s existing page here: https://www.justgiving.com/rhcgc. The charity can also provide you with sponsorship forms to collect donations in person.

What will the funds be spent on?

Your support is needed now more than ever before. The funds you raise will help to fund the added extras which the NHS would ordinarily not be able to afford for our patients and their families. It means we can continue to support your funding requests in 2021.

The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity raise funds to provide the added extras for our patients, their families and our hard-working colleagues which the NHS would ordinarily not be able to fund. The charity has three appeals – the Purple Butterfly Appeal, which supports the end of life care, the Dr Ted children’s appeal and the Rotherham NHS Superheroes appeal for staff.

In 2020, your donations have helped to fund:

  • A new ageing simulation suite for the Care Homes Team. The suit helps care homes staff and NHS colleagues to better understand the impact of the ageing process on older patients.
  • Trauma Resilience Management Training (TRiM) for Trust staff. Colleagues can now offer peer support to those who have experienced trauma at work or home.
  • Samsung tablet devices for all wards at Rotherham Hospital to help aid communication between patients and their families when visiting is restricted.
  • TVs for the Acute Medical Unit and Ward A4 to help enhance the ‘home from home’ feel of our ward areas.

Martin Havenhand, Chairman of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Fundraisers have sadly not been able to participate in Run for All’s usual running challenges such as the Sheffield 10K and Half Marathon this year. We’ve always felt incredibly proud to see people participating in these events for our charity. But Run for All has set a new goal by launching the virtual Jog On 2020. It’s an amazing challenge, which we hope will be supported by individuals, families, running clubs and by our colleagues.

Nurse inspired to Run for All at Rotherham Hospital this Christmas
Kate Ellis

“Like all charities, it’s been a tough year as we haven’t been able to host our usual fundraising events. The Jog On 2020 is a great way of keeping fit during winter while also giving something back to your local hospital charity so we can continue to fund the added extras for our patients in 2021.”

To sponsor Kate’s Jog On 2020 please visit Just Giving here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jogonkateellis

For more information about the Jog On 2020 or about the charity please contact Suzanne Rutter, Charity Engagement and Development Manager on 01709 426821 or trft.charity@nhs.net.

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