KIND-hearted staff at a Rugby building society have stepped up to raise vital funds for The Myton Hospices.
Throughout September, a 13-strong team from the Rugby branch of the Nationwide Building Society set out to collectively walk, run and cycle 1,350 miles – the equivalent of the distance between Lands End to John O’Groats – in their very own ‘Le Jog’ challenge.
Unable to take on the real challenge due to Covid-19 restrictions, the team plotted a virtual route across the UK, taking in some of their favourite places along the way including Snowdon, the Angel of the North, the Eden Project and Myton’s Warwick Hospice.
And when the energetic fund-raisers completed the 1,350 mile target with over a week to go, they set themselves the extra challenge of another 650 miles back to their Rugby HQ – taking the grand total to 2,000 miles.
They also smashed through their initial £300 target, having raised £535 so far – and are hoping their efforts will inspire more people to donate to the ‘very special cause’.
Penny Gibbons, on behalf of the Nationwide Rugby Le Jog team, said: “So many of our members’ lives have been touched by and helped by The Myton Hospices that we simply wanted to do something to help, especially at this difficult time when Myton needs support more than ever.
“Coronavirus restrictions means we are unable to do the real Le Jog, but, undeterred, we have taken up the challenge of completing it during our lunchtimes or on the evenings and weekends to make sure we are still able to do all we can to support this amazing charity.
“So many of our members share their experiences of The Myton Hospices with us when they come into branch and we are delighted to be able to help out.
“A huge thank you to everyone who has already donated – your support means the world to us.
“But we would like to appeal to anyone else whose life, or life of a loved one, has been touched by Myton to do whatever they can to help us raise as much money as possible.”
Myton provides specialist care for terminally ill patients at its hospices in Coventry, Rugby and Warwick – and through its Myton at Home service. The charity relies entirely on fund-raising, which has been crippled at the hands of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rugbybranch to donate to the Nationwide Rugby Le Jog fund-raiser. Visit www.mytonhospice.org for more information on Myton, or to donate directly to the charity.