Bedford residents challenged to take on Daily Dash to raise money for Sue Ryder

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December Dash

This winter, people in Bedfordshire are being encouraged to take on a ‘daily dash’ to keep active and raise funds for a good cause.

The December Daily Dash challenge calls on the public to get outdoors and run, jog or walk 5k every day in December, whatever the weather, to raise vital funds for Sue Ryder, the national healthcare charity.

The challenge was founded in 2015 by Jackie and Mark Smith after Jackie’s dad received care from a Sue Ryder hospice at the end of his life. Inspired by the expert and compassionate care he received, they decided to set themselves a challenge to raise money for the charity.

Since its inception, the festive fundraiser has continued to grow in popularity, with thousands of people in the UK and across the world lacing up their trainers or walking shoes in a bid to boost their physical and mental health during the festive period.

Supporter, Kerry Surkitt, took part last year. She said, “I love a challenge and although it can be very challenging to get out every day in the winter, I soon got into the swing of it. The December Daily Dash really helped to keep me motivated when it was cold and horrible outside.”

It is free to sign up, but any money raised through fundraising goes directly towards Sue Ryder’s vital end of life, bereavement and neurological support. In 2020 over 1,200 people took part in the December Daily Dash, raising over £320,000.

Caroline Graham, Director of Fundraising at Sue Ryder said: “December can be an incredibly busy and difficult month for many and the December Daily Dash is a great way to take some time out to think and reflect whilst raising money for an incredible cause.

“Whether you do it alone, with friends, family or your furry companion, every step you take and pound you raise this winter helps Sue Ryder to support people when it matters most.”

To sign up to the December Daily Dash, visit: decemberdailydash.com.

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