Colleagues from Swanton, Values in Care, Courtyard Care, Emerald Care & GRS Care are joining forces to complete a 24-hour exercise fundraiser – and they’re launching it today, on World Children’s Day.

That means there are just six days left for last-minute training!

Because on Thursday 26th November at 10am, the first exercise challenges will begin as teams perform a series of non-stop 30-minute exercise routines right around the clock.

Colleagues across the UK will be linked up via video call so everyone can follow the action online.

Together they hope to raise £5,000 with all money going to charity partner Happy Days, the organisation that hosts and funds special days out for children living with complex needs.

Throughout the 24 hours, teams will take part in running, yoga, biking, rock climbing, dancing and many other types of exercise.

There will also be drop-in classes online where personal trainers will host sessions, including chair-based workouts for people with mobility challenges.

Swanton has already committed to donating £25 for each 30-minute slot completed by our collective Swanton companies and now the team are calling on everyone else to dig deep for the good cause.

“It’s time to get our legwarmers and sweatbands on and get ready to move for charity,” enthuses Swanton CEO Garry Cross. “It’s going to be a massive Swanton team effort, and we’re hoping to raise as much as we can for Happy Days.

“This fundraiser is more like a marathon than a sprint, we just hope that we can get over the finish line with £5k in the donation pot.”

Each participant is asked to make a homemade torch, to represent the Olympic flame, to ‘pass’ on to the next person after they’ve finished their exercise. The whole event will be filmed on Swanton’s Teams Channel so the torches will be passed to the side of the screen and onto the next person.

As well as the 24-hour exercise-a-thon, Swanton services are also encouraging staff and people they support to wear blue on Friday 20th November, Swanton will then donate £1 on behalf of each entry up to £250 to celebrate World Children’s Day!

“Blue is the official colour of Unicef, who run this annual day of action for children, by children,” explains Garry. “We want to use the inspiration they’ve given us to raise money for Happy Days.

“So many children and families benefit from the incredible work that Happy Days do and the opportunities they provide. We hope this simple expression of support for World Children’s Day will boost the coffers too.”

If you’d like to donate to Swanton’s Fundraiser, please head over to the Just Giving page.