With the pandemic halting any fundraising events due to crowding, people have found other ways to support charities. Extra free time has meant that sports hobbies have been taken up. Some have decided to use these new hobbies to raise money.

One event, in particular, was Colchester’s Half-Marathon in aid of Robin Cancer Trust. Usually, this would be a great meet-up for Colchester’s running community. However, this year, participants ran solo across March. Amateurs and professionals came together online to raise money for the excellent cause. Runners shared support, photos and tips across social media.

As mentioned above, the money raised will go to Robin Cancer Trust. The charity supports young adults and families affected by germ cell cancer.

In addition to events like these, people have partaken in their own fitness endeavours. Whether that be walking, running or even hula-hooping. Last month, teenager Deni Tedder set out to do a 2800 squat challenge in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. She shared her progress on social media. Additionally, Charli Conway ran the equivalent of a marathon in February in aid of Mind. She even persevered through the February snow.

I talked to Charli, who said: “I think people’s mental health has gotten worse over lockdown. So, this allowed me to donate to a mental health charity and improve my health by running”

It is increasingly important that we support our charities as they’ve been setback by the pandemic. Creating or partaking in fitness fundraising this summer has many benefits. With an emphasis on looking after our health, it could be a good way to help yourself and others. Clear your head, stay healthy and raise money for people who need it!