Eddie and Martin form the HIIT Squad

February 6, 2020

AFC Bournemouth's Eddie Howe joins Julia's House HIIT Squad for the ultimate fundraising workout  

AFC Bournemouth boss, Eddie Howe has teamed up with Martin Edwards, our CEO, to take part in a gruelling 2-hour High-Intensity Interval Training fundraiser.  

Martin and Eddie, now known as the Julia’s House HIIT Squad, aim to raise £60,000 via JustGiving when they push their bodies to the extreme in a 2-hour HIIT workout at the AFC Bournemouth gym on 18 March. The ‘2 hours for 2 nurses’ workout will enable us to raise money that will go towards funding two nurses for a year, and make a life-changing difference to the local families we supports.  

Joining Eddie and Martin in the AFC Bournemouth gym for their marathon HIIT workout will be business leaders from across Dorset and Wiltshire, with fitness instructors from BH Live putting them through their paces. Those taking up the ultimate HIIT challenge include Chris Symons from BH Live, Jason Gault of TeamJobs, Jamie Wollen of JWA Consulting, Hugh Roper of Rockets & Rascals, Tim Brown of Superior Seals and Pip Woods and Peter Gordon of Rockley Watersports.  This influential group of business people will help take the fundraising challenge to a different level, with the support of their staff and clients.  

BH Live will be holding their own 2 hour HIIT Squad challenge at Bournemouth’s Littledown Centre from 6 - 8pm on 18 March. Anyone aged 14 or over can sign up, start training and get sponsored through a dedicated JustGiving page linked to the HIIT Squad.  BH Live staff will also be fundraising with all-day cycle challenges taking place at BH Live leisure centres across Bournemouth & Poole.  

Eddie Howe, who is a patron of Julia’s House, said: “When Martin asked me to take on the marathon HIIT challenge I didn’t hesitate, as I know what a difference two nurses will make to the children and families Julia’s House looks after. It will be two of my toughest ever hours in the gym but I’ll be focusing on how much money we’re raising to support all the families at Julia’s House now and in the future.”  

Having a Julia’s House nurse on their side meant the world to Dan and Maiju when they discovered their daughter had suffered brain damage: “Nurse Alex came to see us while Elisa was in intensive care. Elisa had been in hospital for 101 days and we had hardly left her side,” explained Dan. “Alex was like a Fairy Godmother - she realised we needed support and organised care at the hospital so we could have a break. The Julia’s House team are not like nurses to us, they are like an extended part of the family.”  

Martin Edwards adds: “The families that Julia’s House supports face a lot of challenges in their lives – not to mention worry, exhaustion and heartache.  Our challenge is about being there for those families. So whether you are sponsoring me and Eddie or fellow HIIT Squad members, donating to BH Live staff in their cycle challenge or taking part in the evening HIIT Squad challenge at Littledown, your support will go towards funding nurses who are an absolute lifeline to local families.”  

To support Martin, Eddie and the HIIT Squad in their bid to fund two nurses for Julia’s House, visit Martin and Eddie’s JustGiving page or visit BH Live to book onto the HIIT Squad workout at Littledown on 18 March.  

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