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Wednesday, 23 September 2020


‘Relay’ good event raises funds for NHS Superheroes

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A running team took part in an epic fundraising challenge to boost the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s Rotherham NHS Superheroes campaign.

More than 30 members of the Rotherham Harriers running club took their lockdown exercise to the next level by participating in a 24-hour relay from 8am on Saturday 25 April 2020.

Members of all ages ran around the clock, recording their route and ‘finish time’ pictures on Facebook. They raised £2,500.

Joanne Pickford, 46, of Clifton in Rotherham, has been a member of the club for six years and helped to arrange the sponsored relay. She tackled the midnight running slot.

She said:

“Members of the club have been spurring each other on with our running during lockdown via our WhatsApp group chat. We all realised we were running more during the lockdown and decided it would be good to turn our efforts to fundraising too.

“A lot of our members are key workers or their families and friends work for the NHS, so we wanted to do something to thank them.

Runner Joanne Pickford

“We set our sights on doing a 24-hour running relay either from our homes or our regular running routes. It became even more popular with extra members, all aged between 15 and 78-years-old, taking part in running slots at the same time.

“It really motivated us all and the challenge brought us together when we physically couldn’t see each other. We’re incredibly proud to have raised so much.”

All the funds raised by the Rotherham Harriers for the charity’s NHS Superheroes appeal will help to provide care packages, refreshments and treats during busy shifts, hotel accommodation and access to health and well-being initiatives to boost morale for NHS staff in Rotherham.

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

“It’s wonderful to see the different ways people of all ages are coming together to fundraise for the charity’s Rotherham NHS Superheroes campaign and the Rotherham Harriers have certainly set the bar high.

“To run a 24-hour relay between them shows such a fabulous community spirit. Thank you to everyone who took part, especially those who ran throughout the night. The team have exceeded their target of raising £500 but we hope people inspired by their fundraising will continue to sponsor them.”

To sponsor the Rotherham Harriers team please visit their JustGiving page.

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