Put your best foot forward to help Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People in Leicestershire

The charity is launching Miles for Rainbows, a virtual distance challenge that will run throughout May

Friday, 16th April 2021, 11:46 am
Supporter Janet taking on Miles for Rainbows with dog Tilly

Put your best foot forward to clock up the miles for a crucial Leicestershire children’s hospice – and supercharge their funds.

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People is imploring people across Harborough to use their daily step count to give them a much-needed shot in the arm.

The charity is launching Miles for Rainbows, a virtual distance challenge that will run throughout May.

You can choose from two routes – 150 miles or 600 miles.

The 150-mile route, which is equivalent to 10,000 steps a day, takes in some of the major towns and cities of the East Midlands.

The 600-mile ultra-marathon roughly follows the boundaries of the counties in the East Midlands.

Both can be completed individually or as a team.

Rainbows, which has teamed up with My Virtual Mission for this challenge, is the only hospice to care for children and young people from Leicestershire with life-limiting illnesses.

Jenny Perry, Rainbows Community Fundraiser, said: “This is the perfect challenge for those wanting to explore the East Midlands without actually venturing far.

“When taking part in Miles for Rainbows we’d love you to fundraise for us.

“There isn’t a fundraising target for this event but we are grateful for any amount you’re able to raise.

“Anyone who raises £50 will receive a Rainbows water bottle as an extra thank you.”

She added: “Fundraising is so valuable to us.

“£50 could fund a home visit from a Rainbows nurse, giving respite care to an isolated family.

“And £100 could fund a two-hour music therapy session, providing a space for a child or young person to express themselves.

“We do hope people will sign up and join us during May for this fun challenge.”

You can complete your miles by stepping, running, walking or any activity in a wheelchair.

Distances will be recorded on ‘My Virtual Mission’ either manually or syncing with an existing app.

Entry is £15 and all participants will receive a special wooden medal once they have completed the challenge.