We want as many people as possible to get their trainers on, get involved and support the fundraising campaign, Run For Heroes, set up by a group of our Former Pupils, that has already raised over £5 million for the NHS.
Olivia Strong set up the challenge with support from Alice Taylor and India Pappalardo-Strachan. Olivia’s initial target was £5,000, which was met in just 4 days. They upped their target to a massive £5million and with everyone's support they managed to reach that exactly one month later!
The challenge is simple: run 5k, donate £5, and nominate 5 other people to take part. You don’t have to be an athlete to get involved and could even walk your 5k. We’re asking our community to join our new ESMS Club on Strava (further instructions below) before heading outdoors to complete your run or walk, and donating if you can.
So we can keep a tally of how much we raise, please donate on the official ESMS Supporting Run For Heroes page that Olivia, Alice and India have kindly set up for us. All proceeds will go to NHS Charities Together via Run For Heroes to support our NHS workers and volunteers.
Once you have completed your RFH 5k, don’t hang up your trainers! Exercising regularly will help us all cope better during this period at home. So we would like everyone in our community to keep on walking and running and we will keep the ESMS Club open so that we can document the distance our community covers until we are together again. We have a feeling it will be quite a distance.
Linda Moule, Principal, ESMS said, “This is an opportunity for everyone in our community to get involved and support Olivia, Alice and India in this incredible challenge. There may be people in our community who are struggling with their mental health at the moment and exercise is a vital way of reducing anxiety and depression. We would like to encourage all pupils, former pupils, parents and staff to get your trainers on and get involved and help raise money for our amazing NHS.”
Although the girls won't be raising their target again as they are celebrating reaching the £5 million milestone with everyone's amazing contributions, this does not mean we should stop running, donating & nominating. Let's help them raise as much as possible.
When you are running or walking, please remember to follow all government recommendations, stay solo or with your family only, stay local and to keep your distance from others.
Please also tag us in any photos of your run with #ESMSSupportsRFH. We look forward to seeing you on Strava!
Where to donate
We ask that the ESMS community make donations if they are able to via the official ESMS Supporting Run For Heroes page that the girls kindly set up for us. This way, we can easily keep a tally of how much we raise together!
- Follow this link to be taken directly to our page:
Follow Run For Heroes
How to join our ESMS Supporting Run For Heroes Strava Club
1. Download the Strava app if you don't have it already
2. Create your profile if you don’t have one already
3. Head to 'Explore' and then 'Clubs', and search for the ESMS Supporting Run For Heroes Club and then join
4. Go to your privacy settings (profile > cog icon > privacy controls) and set activities for 'everyone' to see so that the kilometres get tracked by our Club
5. Get your trainers on and go! Ensure you choose to track 'running' in order to log your meters with the Club (even if it is a walk). When you are about to start some exercise, just press record and remember to press stop when you are done
6. For families with children who don't have Strava, you can add their activity through your own account, so the walk or run completed as a family can be added
7. After you have completed your run, please donate if you can via this page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RunForHeroesESMS