Local hospitals ask people to run five, donate five and nominate five during the lockdown

Teams across Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) are getting involved with a recent social media craze, in order to help boost their wellbeing and donate to the Trust’s dedicated charity, and they are calling for others to join them.

The new online challenge, called #run5donate5nominate5, has inspired staff to doff their clinical uniforms and instead don their trusty sports gear and limber up for a five kilometre run. With around 100 participants, the health professionals now want to motivate as many DBTH supporters as possible to get involved.

The challenge strictly adheres to the government’s recommended daily exercise guidance, and tasks individuals to complete a distance of 5k by running, cycling or jogging, followed by a £5 donation to DBTH Charity and to then nominate five friends on social media to also take part. There are no set guidelines regarding the type of exercise, so those who prefer a stroll, want to walk the perimeter of their gardens or use home gym equipment, are encouraged to do so.  The important part is to get involved and feel energised, connect with friends online and boost donations for a good cause.

Suzy Brain England OBE, Chair of the Board, said: “Whilst it is important to adhere to social distancing guidance and exercise in a responsible way during the lockdown period, we can still make good use of the warmer weather and lighter nights to get our daily exercise. This is a perfect opportunity to get active, donate and nominate, all in the name of raising vital funds for the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospital Charity. So if you want to get involved, please run five, donate five and nominate five.”

The public are encouraged to take a selfie after completing their exercise, then head over to the Trust’s Just Giving page to pledge £5. Following this, participants are asked to post on social media encouraging five friends to do the same. All funds raised will be used by the Trust to improve patient care, as well as for any Covid-19 related tributes and dedications once the pandemic has passed.

You can donate directly by visiting the Trust’s website: www.dbth.nhs.uk/charity or the Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/doncasterandbassetlawhospitalsnhstrust