Selfless group uses daily exercise to raise funds for Harrogate's NHS Trust during lockdown

A group of young men have decided to use their daily allowance of exercise to raise vital funds for the Harrogate and District NHS Trust throughout the coronavirus crisis.

Saturday, 28th March 2020, 8:42 am

It comes after tough restrictions came into force this week to stop the spread of the virus, meaning people can now only leave the house for essentials or once daily to exercise.

They have said their goal is to run at least 2000km collectively - running everyday for 31 days until April 25. Each member must run at least 5km per day and they are all running separately to adhere to social-distancing rules.

The boys have decided to put their daily exercise to good use and help the NHS at this difficult time.

A Virgin Money page has been set up and the group has already raised more than £265 of its £1000 target in just two days.

Joseph Keane, one of the men involved, said: "As young men we recognise that one day, if we haven’t already, we will all rely on the NHS to look after us, and we all know people that have been beneficiaries of our incredible health service. However, we also recognise that right now, the NHS may need the help of us and others.

"Therefore, we wanted to take this opportunity to try and help the men and women working tirelessly for our national health service in whatever way we could."

The group said they felt it was the best way to use their one daily dose of exercise during the lockdown, combining fitness and a kind gesture which will make a real difference.

They have also set up an Instagram account, under the tag @running4gud, to keep people updated on their progress - and will be adding extra challenges and surprises at each money landmark to 'make things extra interesting'.

Joseph added: "Public support for our cause would give us a huge boost - each pound raised makes every mile easier, and we would love to be able to go above and beyond our target, much in the spirit of our local healthcare workers."

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