Walk, run, swim or cycle a virtual marathon - to help youngsters at Yorkshire hospice

Martin House staff get set to complete their Miles for Smiles.
Martin House staff get set to complete their Miles for Smiles.

If you’re planning to get fitter in the New Year, Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People has the perfect challenge to help you keep your resolution.

Martin House is launching its first virtual event – Miles for Smiles – which invites people to sign up to complete a marathon throughout March.

Walk, run, swim or cycle your way to 26.2 miles – or come up with your own unique method to complete the challenge – while being sponsored to support Martin House.

Ellie Barker, events fundraiser, said: “We want this to be an enjoyable and accessible challenge that anyone can join in with – either on their own or as a family.

“This is your marathon, your way, whether you’re already a keen runner, walker, cyclist or swimmer, or you’re interested in taking up a new activity for the New Year.

“Miles for Smiles allows you to complete the challenge in your own time, whether that’s going for a walk on your lunchbreak, or heading out for a bike ride with the family at weekends.”

Martin House cares for children and young people with life-limiting conditions – and their families – across West, North and East Yorkshire, at its hospice, in hospitals and in their own homes, with care including respite stays through to end of life care and bereavement support for families.

It costs more than £8 million to run Martin House, and it needs to raise most of that money through fundraising and voluntary contributions.

It is free to register to take part, with participants asked to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship.

There is a downloadable wall planner to help you track your progress, and everyone who registers will receive a Facebook profile graphic to show they are taking part.

Click here to find out more and to sign up.