Bash your garden boundary for the Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice


People are being asked to ‘Bash Your Garden Boundary’ while in lockdown and help raise vital funds for the Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in nearby Moggerhanger.

Usually the ‘Bash the Beds Boundary’ event takes place over Easter weekend, with runners racing along the 150 mile Bedfordshire county boundary.

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With everyone in coronavirus lockdown, this isn’t possible, so organisers have asked if people can walk or run 5k around their gardens, driveways, living rooms or kitchens instead.

It costs £10,000 a day for the St John’s Hospice to provide palliative care and they are being asked by the NHS to plan for more patients during these unprecedented times.

This is despite their medical teams already providing much needed care for patients locally.

Organiser Nick Kier, said: “Their doctors and nurses are working day and night to provide end-of-life care now, and in the coming weeks, to more people than ever before and are a critical frontline support service in the fight against Coronavirus.

“We can all get active and donate what we can to Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice. Now that’s what we call a double benefit, exercise and fundraising rolled in to one.”

People who take part can do so in one go or over a period of time and organisers have even provided a handy formula to help you work out how many laps of your garden you need to do to reach 5k.

  • Measure the width and length of the area you’ll run in metres and add them together
  • Multiple this figure by two
  • Divide 5,000 by that figure
  • Your number of laps needed is the final figure

One you’ve completed your 5k head to the Bashing Your Garden Boundary 5K Just Giving page donate £10 or more and share your experience and what inspired you to take part.

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