Run For Heroes: How to take part

Thousands have been running 5km to raise funds for NHS workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The ‘Run For Heroes’ campaign is a simple yet brilliant idea thought up by 27-year-old Olivia Strong (pictured) from Edinburgh.

To take part, you must run 5k, donate £5 to the NHS via the campaign’s Virgin Money Giving page and then nominate five friends to do the same on social media, using the tag @Run.For.Heroes.

More than £2million has been raised since the campaign was launched on 28 March and a new target has been set at £3.5million.

The funds will be used to provide well-being packs for staff and volunteers on wards, as well as towards expenses such as travel, parking and accommodation for NHS staff and volunteers.

“Our NHS workers are working tirelessly to protect us in this nerve-wracking time,” said London-based Olivia.

“I wanted to celebrate their efforts and raise money to help them continue the fight to save lives. I am overwhelmed by the response so far — what started as a small fundraiser with friends has grown into a global movement.”


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