The Julia’s House HIIT Squad has raised in excess of £33,000 with a gruelling 2-hour high intensity interval training fundraising challenge.
Our CEO Martin Edwards was joined by AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and a team of enthusiastic local business leaders at the BH Live Littledown Centre on 18 March, as they pushed themselves to the max to raise vital funds for our families.
Jason Gault of TeamJobs, Jamie Wollen of JWA Consulting, Hugh Roper of Rockets & Rascals, Tim Brown of Superior and Natasha Chedgy of Dynamic Health all took up the HIIT Squad challenge alongside Martin, Eddie and Julia’s House Director of Care Ali Acaster, under safe outdoor conditions that reflected the social distancing advice for COVID-19.
After 2 months of intensive training, a few injuries and numerous 5am starts, the HIIT Squad, led by a team of instructors from BH Live, pushed their bodies to the extreme and completed their mammoth workout. Pip Woods and Peter Gordon of Rockley Watersports and Chris Symons of BH Live weren’t able to join on the day but have been training hard with the HIIT Squad and wished the squad all the very best for their challenge.
“When we started this appeal in January we were looking to raise enough money to fund two Julia’s House nurses. That seemed a big ask but with the spread of COVID-19, the appeal is now much bigger,” says Martin. “We are still visiting families in their homes and offering a lifeline of care to hugely vulnerable children, when they may otherwise be isolated from the outside world and we will continue to do so for as long as we possibly can. At the same time, we are having to postpone and cancel some of our flagship fundraising events. We’re almost 100% publicly funded and we estimate this is going to take £1million of our income this year. We know these are difficult times and everyone is worried, but we so need people to support the HIIT Squad. Our families often don’t have anyone other than Julia’s House to turn to, so people giving today will help us ensure we can carry on supporting the children in our community who need us the most.”
BH Live is hoping to hold its own HIIT Squad marathon at Littledown on Wednesday 16 September, subject to the COVID-19 Coronavirus status.
Julia’s House can only continue its vital service thanks to public donations, fundraising and gifts in wills. It’s your last chance to donate to the HIIT Squad and make a life changing difference to the local families we care for. Visit Martin and Eddie’s JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/JHHIITSQUAD