A HOSPICE care charity has launched a new fitness challenge to encourage people to get active this spring – and raise vital funds to support local people with terminal illness and bereavement.

Herriot Hospice Homecare’s Hospice 100 challenge, which takes place during May, is an easy way for people of all ages and abilities to get motivated, get outside and make a difference – one step at a time.

Participants are invited to choose any activity with a 100-based theme – and raise £100 in sponsorship. The Hospice100 challenge could be anything from running, walking, cycling, swimming – or even scooting – 100 miles or kilometres, to taking on 100 burpees or aiming to get active for 100 minutes a day.

All participants will receive a branded t-shirt, digital fundraising pack and lots of support to help reach the £100 target.

Tony Collins, chief executive of Herriot Hospice Homecare, said: “Each week, we help hundreds of local people affected by terminal illness and bereavement and members of our HOME team travel hundreds of miles across the district, offering care to patients in the comfort and safety of their own homes.

“If people can join our Hospice 100 challenge and raise £100 it could help fund a daily package of care for someone affected by terminal illness, supporting our HOME service to care for someone in their own home, surrounded by the people and things that matter most.

“Last year we were inspired by our supporter Joyce Richardson. At the age of 99, Joyce completed 100 stand-ups before her 100th birthday and raised an astonishing £36,000. Whatever your age or ability, you can take part.

“Every journey starts with a single step and we hope individuals and families will enjoy the chance to get outside, challenge themselves and make a real difference to the lives of local people living with terminal illness and bereavement.”

While Herriot’s usual popular community events have been on hold due to Covid-19, the Hospice 100 challenge provides a flexible virtual alternative. People can complete the challenge anywhere that is safe to do so.

Register at bit.ly/HHH100chall or go to www.herriothh.org.uk