If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that the smallest things can make the biggest impact and there’s no better example of that than Run for Heroes.
That’s the charity which started the infamous 5km running challenge – Run 5, Donate 5, Nominate 5 – during the first lockdown.
What started as a plan to raise £5,000 for NHS charities at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic went completely viral on social media, becoming a major fitness motivation and fundraising tool for more than a million people.
Since its humble beginnings in 2020, Run For Heroes has raised more than £7 million for NHS Charities and founder Olivia Strong has been awarded an MBE.
After the success of the original fundraiser, the nation is once again being encouraged to get active in the name of charity as lockdown restrictions continue to ease.
Run for Heroes is launching its latest challenge by turning the month of May into a celebration of physical activity with their 5kMay campaign. Everyone is invited to take part, including Legacy Youth Zone supporters.
As the name suggests, it’s all about getting fit and hitting that 5km target. It’s not just about running though – you could walk, roll, skip or even swim your 5 kilometers if you wish! All that matters is getting your body moving and raising vital funds for a charity of your choosing.
Sian Bakins, Community Fundraiser for Legacy Youth Zone said, “Taking part in the 5K Challenge, is a great way for our supporters to get involved alongside colleagues, family and friends. Now we’re able to venture out a little more as restrictions ease, it’s a great way to keep fit and active and enjoy outdoor activities within current Government guidelines. We hope many people will get involved, as £5 can fund a young person from a low income household to have access to all activities at Legacy”.
You can take part on your own or as a group, donate your £5 to Legacy Youth Zone, then nominate 5 friends or family members to complete their own 5km challenge.
Run For Heroes has partnered with a host of charities across the UK for 5kMay, such as ours, with participants encouraged to consider donating to causes like Legacy Youth Zone after completing their challenge.
With famous faces like Mo Farah, Ellie Goulding and even Prime Minister Boris Johnson backing previous Run For Heroes challenges, you may even spot a celebrity while out on your 5kMay journey.
Sign up to the challenge at https://runforheroes.justgiving.com/get-involved?charityId=3008476 now!