Members of the Brinsworth Whitehill U9s football team took on a marathon challenge to support the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s NHS Superheroes campaign.
The players were challenged by their coach Jamie Evans to raise money for the NHS and they decided to run 26.2 miles between them. The team went even further by covering 66 miles by running independently around their gardens and local parks.
Claire Evans, mum to nine-year-old Max and a Business Support Manager in Clinical Radiology at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I’m so proud of Max and his team mates for participating in this challenge to raise funds for the Rotherham NHS Superheroes campaign. It was such an ambitious idea so to beat that and run 66 miles between them is wonderful.
“Seeing all the donations come flooding in really gave them a great incentive to keep running. It was the perfect challenge to complete during lockdown and they are all very proud of how much they have raised.”
Claire’s partner and team coach, Jamie, said the challenge was the perfect way to keep the team fit and healthy and he is “incredibly proud” of them all for raising more than £1,000 for the appeal.
Rotherham United Football Club boss Paul Warne also praised the local footballers for their effort on the club’s website.
He said: “As people know, I love my running and am taking advantage of doing so as part of my daily exercise, but I know how much effort it takes to cover a marathon distance and this is a really tough challenge.
“I think we have seen a lot of good come out of the difficult circumstances in which we are living and the lads at Brinsworth Whitehill are a great example of that.”
The charity’s Rotherham NHS Superheroes campaign was introduced in response to the public’s support for NHS colleagues as they care for Coronavirus patients. The charity has since received a host of donations from individuals, organisations and community groups from Rotherham and beyond ranging from refreshments, PPE, hand-made scrubs, headbands and laundry bags to tablets and toys.
Martin Havenhand, Chairman of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, added: “It’s wonderful to see the different ways people of all ages are coming together to fundraise for the charity’s Rotherham NHS Superheroes campaign.
“To run a marathon between them was an ambitious and inspiring challenge for members of the Brinsworth Whitehill U9s team so we are delighted to see they exceeded their target and raised such a magnificent amount. Well done to the team and thank you to everyone who sponsored them or provided moral support.”