21 Jan 2015

Getting fit for 2015? Time for some fundraising on the side

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For millions of us, January is all about buffing up our trainers…and cutting down on takeaways.

It’s the time of year when we step up our efforts to get fitter and healthier.

So, if your fitness plan is already going great guns - well done.

But then again, perhaps you’re finding the going a bit tough. Maybe what you could really do with is that extra bit of motivation to maintain your momentum.

Make a difference

Either way, choosing to support your favourite charity while you clock up the miles or lose those extra pounds is a great way of doing even more good.

You could, for instance, follow the example being set by thousands of BT employees up and down the country who are being encouraged to get fitter and healthier in 2015 - and raise money for their favourite charity at the same time.

Employees signing up for the company’s Fit for Life programme can take on a monthly challenge or set their own personal fitness and wellbeing goals - while fundraising for good causes through MyDonate.

Open to all

Julia Smith, from BT’s Improving Lives team, says: “Not only will those taking part get active and have fun, but they’ll have the chance to raise money for charity and make a difference to their local community.”

Adds Julia: “But you don’t have to work for BT to boost your fitness and raise money. Anybody could do this. It doesn’t matter what your current level of fitness is. Once you’ve decided on the cause you want to support you just need to decide on a suitable fitness or wellbeing challenge for yourself. Maybe you could aim to be able to run a full 5k or walk 10k. After that, just set up your own fundraising page on MyDonate where, don’t forget, every penny raised will go to the charity you are supporting.”

Throughout the year MyDonate will be following some of those participating in the BT Fit for Life challenge and sharing their fundraising stories.

MyDonate is not responsible for the content fundraisers post on their pages, but if you see something you feel is offensive or inappropriate, please let us know