Hero of the Moment 15th April 2020

April 15, 2020

Fins up – who’s been working on their exercise regimes at home? Whether you’ve been taking lunchtime strolls through the park or have been religiously following yoga sessions on YouTube, it’s safe to say that home exercising has become the new norm. But one incredible individual has taken it to a whole new level. Drum roll please, as we introduce our next Hero of the Moment.

James Campbell, a former international athlete from Gloucestershire spent his birthday running a marathon to raise funds for the NHS. How did he get around the social distancing restrictions, you say? Well, James managed to complete the equivalent of a 26.2 mile course in his very own back garden and raised over £20,000 for NHS Charities Together as a result.

It all began with a tweet, where James pledged to complete the task if he got more than 10,000 retweets. Within a matter of days, the post went viral after gaining retweets from professional footballers including Raheem Sterling – so James’ original retweet target more than doubled. James set up a Just Giving page to make sure his efforts would benefit a great cause, with an initial fundraising target of £10,000 for NHS Charities Together.

With the nation virtually cheering him on as he broadcasted live from his lawn, James completed the marathon run in just over five hours. The task itself involved more than 7,000 shuttles back and forth across his seven-metre-long back garden. In an overwhelming response, James’ efforts saw him more than double his fundraising target for NHS Charities Together, which represents, supports and champions the work of 250 official NHS charities in the UK. NHS Charities Together also provides specialist advice and guidance to member charities, who collectively give £1 million a day to the NHS.

How’s that for exercise motivation? Come on shoal members – if James can do it, so can we! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/james-campbell0104