Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire are inviting people people to take on a ‘daily dash’ this December to boost their wellbeing and raise funds for them.
The December Daily Dash challenge calls on the public to get outdoors and walk, jog, run or roll 5k every day during the month, whatever the weather, to raise vital funds for Sue Ryder, the national bereavement, palliative and neurological care charity.
The challenge was founded in 2015 by husband and wife Jackie and Mark Smith after Jackie’s dad received care from a Sue Ryder hospice at the end of his life. Inspired by the expert and compassionate palliative care he received, they decided to set themselves a challenge to raise money for the charity.
Since its inception, the festive fundraiser has continued to grow in popularity, with thousands of people in the UK and across the world lacing up their trainers or walking shoes in a bid to boost their physical and mental health during the festive period.
Colleagues from Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire are lacing up their trainers and taking part, including nurses and healthcare assistants, doctors, occupational therapists, fundraisers, administrators and staff from the family support team.
They are each doing 5k in their own way, in locations where they live and at their own pace, from walking the distance with a dog to running a favourite route.
They are teaming up to raise vital funds for the compassionate care they provide, supporting people with life-limiting conditions and their loved ones.
It is free to take part in the December Daily Dash, but any money raised through fundraising will make all the difference to patients and families needing Sue Ryder’s specialist palliative, neurological and bereavement support.
Fern Haynes, Head of Community Fundraising – Thames Valley at Sue Ryder, said, “December can be an incredibly busy and difficult month for many and so exercise might not be high up on the priority list.
“The December Daily Dash is a great way to take some time out for yourself, whilst keeping fit and helping to improve your mental health, all whilst raising money for an incredible cause.
“You can do it your own way. On your own, with your furry companion, or in a group. Fast or slow. Morning, noon or night. However you do the December Daily Dash, when you go the distance, you make the difference.”