At 10am on Sunday 7th February, we completed our 24 hour zoom challenge to help raise awareness about children's mental health and raise money to help support children in their community.
Having initially set out with a target of £240, we was astonished to raise more than ten times our target, to date having accumulated £2760, all of which will be used to help local children access fitness classes, boxing based workshops and well being sessions.
Several members of NPBA signed up to do their bit, with some doing several hour slots over the 24 hours - day and night! Activities ranged from Andrew Park throwing 2000 punches to Liz Green completing over 53 burpees to celebrate her 53rd birthday, Louise Marix Evans virtually cycling up a pass in the sunny Dolomites on Youtube and also included a virtual disco from 9-10pm where club members danced non-stop complete with disco balls and neon face paints in some households! Longtime NPBA member and Masters student Bea Goddard zoomed in from her student digs in Edinburgh completing 259 squats, 250 bear squats, 250 press ups, 100 burpees and 400 seconds of punching in her hour! Everyone was cheered on by other club members who logged in and offered their support both day and night!
As the long night turned into day, the club hit £2400 exactly as they did their final session - a 9am stretching session live from Spain which saw participants from all over Calderdale and Europe come together to complete the challenge, led by club founder Kate Dakers.
Not only was it really wonderful to see our members come together at a time when we can’t see each other in the gym and work together to complete this challenge in a fun and collaborative way but all the messages of support from those who donated to our justgiving page was so heartwarming. The fundraiser definitely struck a cord and it’s clear to see people are very worried about the welfare of our young people.
Children’s Mental Health Week has been more important than ever this year and we are even more motivated to continue our work in the community over the coming year.
Thanks to everyone who took part or supported us in some way. It certainly made a rather depressing winter lockdown weekend more interesting!
You can see a timelapse video of the entire 24 hours here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs_BEnf2LOo&t=5s