Get Active - Run, Jog, Walk, Swim, Cycle!
Are you a potential Olympic gold medallist or someone who likes to keep trim? Whatever your goal you can have fun whilst raising funds for us. Why not seek out an event near you and take the opportunity to raise some sponsorship for us. There are lots of activities you can do while helping the Virtual Doctors. Look out for information on the internet about events, such as here and here and even here.
Find an event that appeals to you. Tell the organiser you want to raise funds for the Virtual Doctors and then let us know and we will be pleased to offer our advice and support.
Here is a sponsor form to download and use or you can set up a JustGiving page or Virgin Money Giving page nominating Virtual Doctors as your charity of choice; please advise us when you have done this so we can support you with promoting your page.
Need something more challenging?
A trek, an adventure or an endurance event? How about Charity Challenge or Action Challenge. There is a great selection or either company will be prepared to discuss organising something bespoke if you have something in mind. These are just suggestions. You can sign up for any local sporting event in your area, let us know and become part of our team. We'll support you every step of the way.
Ready to run? Did you know that Running cadence is often defined as the total number of steps you take per minute. ... Running cadence can also be defined as the number of steps one foot takes per minute. Check out team member Mark Lidster’s latest blog on the subject giving a personal insight, tips and hints for peak performance – Cadence is Key!
Here are some examples of how we’ve already been supported….
Royal Parks Half 2018
16 runners raised sponsorship by taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon. The superbly organised 13.1 mile route was lined with spectators despite the appalling weather and we want to thank all those who cheered them on too! This is the first year we are involved and we will definitely be back! Commiserations to the 3 runners who had to drop out with injury or illness but well done for still doing so well with your sponsorship!
Members of the VDrs team were:
the Virtual Doctors Dashers team Ian, Trish, Sarah, Tim, James and Mark: the Landmark Royal Parks Team, Ian, Emily, Zoe and Tom; Virtual Doctors volunteers Simon & Louise, Richard and Nitish and individual supporters Laure and Wilmi. BE PROUD! You’ve all helped to raise over £9,000 already and once gift aid is added that will be even more for the charity.
Mollie Donohoe & Phil Courtney (pictured centre) decided to do something even more strenuous - their 510 mile Annecy Team Challenge took place over 4 days in October 2018. An amazing achievement! the Virtual Doctors will receive 50% of the sponsorship raised with 50% going to the organisers Challenge Adventure Charity’s nominated charity. It’s not only the cycles that took them to great heights. Their online page total is already over £1,000 and still rising!
As a busy mum of a toddler, our VDrs Executive Business Assistant Lina wasn’t getting much opportunity for running but still fancied a challenge. She thought “well there’s always power-walking”, so with another mum-friend she decided to enter the 2017 London2Brighton Challenge, opting for the quarter distance (31.5km), which turned out to be just about manageable without actual training beyond ‘push-chair mileage’. Lina said “it was a fabulous walk with a good friend for a great cause – we managed to finish conversations for a change and I got away with only one blister! My family and friends were brilliant and I can’t thank them enough for their support.
The fundraising challenge was also met with enthusiasm as Lina doubled her target raising more than £500! “I’d love to do it again”!!
Why don’t you put your best foot forward. YOU too could come up with a walking challenge with some friends - find an organised event or just arrange one yourselves and then get in touch to find out how you can spend quality time with friends while raising badly needed sponsorship for the Virtual Doctors.
Find out more on Lina's JustGiving page.
Ros ran the Great South Run in 1.38.30. She set herself the modest target of £200, a symbolic amount for us at the Virtual Doctors: it is the sum required to equip one remotely based clinical officer in a rural health clinic in Zambia with what he or she needs to access the Virtual Doctors telemedicine service for a whole year. Thanks to the generosity of colleagues, friends and family and with gift aid, she has exceeded that but it’s not too late to help – how many more clinical officers can we equip for a year with your help, dear readers? Go to Ros’s JustGiving page to find out more!
The Virtual Doctors does not organise any sporting or challenge events directly. All events promoted above are organised by third party. The Virtual Doctors is unable to accept any liability for any loss, damage or injury outside of our control. Participants entering events do so at their own risk and are advised to seek medical advice before taking part in excessive endurance activity.