Newark Community First aid urge people to sign up for the Run For Heroes 5KMay fundraiser
People are being urged to pull on their running shoes in May to support good causes.
Newark Community First Aid is among those signed up to benefit from the Run For Heroes’ 5KMay charity challenge.
It is asking people to run, walk, swim, hop or skip for 5km, then donate £5 to the charity before nominating five others to take the challenge.
“We are delighted to be involved. Getting people motivated just to go out and walk, to push their bodies a bit, to get fitter will help people’s physical and mental health,” said Philip Jessop, Newark Community First Aid’s operations manager.
“You don’t have to complete 5km all at once — perhaps 1km a day — just a walk around local streets and parks.
“As lockdown eases we are seeing the restart of events and are fundraising for a new First Aid Treatment Centre so we can support the return to more normal times.
“We hope people will support our fundraising campaign by taking part in 5kMay and donating £5 to our charity and then nominating five friends or family members to take part in their own 5km challenge and supporting us with a donation also.”
Newark Community First Aid provides support at local events as well as community first aid lessons and work first aid courses. It has also been providing community support during the pandemic
To sign up for the challenge go to www.runforheroes.org.uk
You can also make a donation direct to Newark Community First Aid’s fundraising page at https://runforheroes.justgiving.com/get-involved?charityId=249484
• Newark Community First Aid is among the organisations to share a donation of £150,381.
Through Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Champions scheme, £93,076 was raised for community defibrillators and £57,305 for local emergency responder groups.
As a result, at least 20 new defibrillators are being installed. Funds raised will also contribute to the ongoing maintenance of around 40 existing defibrillators.
Newark Community First Aid received £6,239.
Philip Jessop said: “The response from Lincolnshire Co-op members and colleagues has been amazing and we are so thankful for the donation made through the Community Champions scheme. We have been fundraising recently for new equipment, such as training mannequins, and the donation has helped us reach our target.
“Most cardiac arrests happen at home, so the installation of new defibrillators in and around residential areas of Newark is going to make a huge difference to the health and well-being of residents.”
According to the British Heart Foundation, for every minute it takes for the defibrillator to reach someone and deliver a shock, their chances of survival reduce by up to 10%.
Lincolnshire Co-op’s community engagement manager Sam Turner said: “We’re thrilled to have worked together with the public to raise such a tremendous amount for these worthy causes.
“The resources and groups we’ve supported could be needed by anyone at any time, so the money raised will really benefit the whole community — this donation will help save lives.”