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Fundraisers tell 2020 to Jog On

14 Jan 2021 12:45:04
Jog On collage pic

We might not have been able to meet on the start line at fundraising events recently, but four fundraisers from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust didn’t let that stop them tackling the Run for All Jog On 2020.

The virtual fundraising event was introduced by Run for All to help inspire people of all abilities to walk, jog or run a distance of their choice between Boxing Day and 6 January 2021, while also raising funds for good causes.

Trust colleagues Damian Staples, Angela Trezise, Anita Frost and Kate Ellis all participated in the event. They have now all completed their challenges and have collectively raised £761 for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity.

Anita Frost, Clinical Lead for Locality Therapy, chose to run 26.2 miles for the Jog On in memory of her dad.

She said: “Running has been a part of my life since a child. My dad started running at the age of 39 after a health scare and quickly realised he had a hidden talent, achieving a personal best of two hrs 32 minutes at his favourite distance – the marathon. Sadly, he passed away suddenly three years ago. The distance I chose to run is a nod to my amazing dad who I miss every day.

“The Run for All Jog On was really motivating for me at a time when I could have done no exercise at all. There were some days when it was really difficult to fit a run in a busy work day or when the weather was bad but the challenge did motivate me to up my game and to go out running when I ordinarily would have stayed indoors.

“Some of my former NHS colleagues in Cumbria virtually ran the same distance with me too, so receiving updates from them was fun.

“I really enjoyed taking part because it was something I could do not only for myself but to also raise funds for the hospital charity. Getting outside to exercise is something we can all do right now, irrespective of lockdown or what tier we are in. Doing a challenge like this was a great way of maximising that opportunity – it was liberating.”

Angela Trezise, Data Quality Officer, completed 10k. She said: “The idea of saying ‘jog on to 2020’ really appealed to me after such a challenging year. I’d wanted to get involved in a fundraising challenge for a while and the Jog On 2020 really inspired me because I could pick the distance, whether I walked, jogged or ran and I could do it at my own pace. I’ve really enjoyed taking part and I feel proud that I’ve been able to raise funds for the hospital charity. Thank you to everyone who sponsored me.”

Damian Staples, a Communications Officer at the Trust, tackled a half-marathon. He said: “Although I really enjoy going to the gym, I have to admit I’m not a natural runner so this was a real challenge for me and a good incentive to give it a proper go. I managed to complete the challenge by walking, jogging and running some of the way. It was great to end 2020 and start 2021 doing something good for our hospital charity.”

Kate Ellis, a Staff Nurse on the Acute Medical Unit at Rotherham Hospital, also participated in the event, running 5k. She said: “I was really poorly at Christmas with laryngitis and a chest infection but I somehow I managed to get out and complete my run on 5 January. It was really hard work and I had to keep stopping to catch my breath but with my husband Peter’s support I did it in 45 minutes, which I’m really proud of. Thank you to everyone who sponsored me, especially at Christmas time when I know money is tight for many of us.”

All the funds raised will help to boost the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity, which raises funds to provide the added extras which really make a difference patients, their families and carers and which the NHS would ordinarily not be able to afford.

The charity has three appeals – the Purple Butterfly Appeal, which supports end of life care, the Dr Ted children’s appeal and the new Rotherham NHS Superheroes campaign, which was launched in April 2020 to support our hard-working colleagues as they care for others during Covid-19.

Martin Havenhand, Chairman of the Trust, added: “Fundraisers are unfortunately unable to participate in Run for All’s usual challenges right now but the virtual Jog On 2020 has proved to be a brilliant alternative. The event was a great way of keeping fit and doing something active while giving something back to good causes like the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity, which really needs your support right now. Thank you to all our runners and to everyone who spurred them on helping them to fundraise.”

For more information about how to get involved in fundraising for the charity this year please contact Suzanne Rutter, Charity Engagement and Development Manager, on 01709 426821 or trft.charity@nhs.net