A new year, a new you, a new challenge.
As 2015 begins so too does the race to take on the mighty Born Survivor on April 4.
The Lancaster Guardian and its sister paper the Visitor have teamed up with Lancaster gym, Fitness Formation, and Born Survivor to raise £100,000 toward the Save Our Hospice campaign for St John’s in Lancaster.
We are bidding to break the Guinness World Record for the biggest team ever to take part in an organised obstacle course event - by bringing together 1,000 people for Born Survivor at Lowther Castle, in the Lake District.
Hundreds have already joined to be a part of the Born Heroes team, including Fitness Formation member Jane Hall.
Jane said: “I’m really looking forward to it, it’s going to be a big challenge for me as I’m 57!
“My dad John Hartup spent two long periods in St John’s Hospice this year, he died in there in July.
“The hospice was amazing, he was wonderfully looked after.”
Heather Buckel has also joined to raise money and because her husband Mick uses the services.
Heather said: “In December 2012, Mick was diagnosed with a rare chronic neurodegenerative condition called Multiple System Atrophy and as his condition progresses so will his need to use the services of St John’s more and more.
“This is my way of paying it forward and helping the hospice for future generations to come.”
Amanda Campbell Tyson is doing Born Survivor for her friend Joanne Whyke who recently discovered she had cancer in several parts of her body.
Amanda said: “Joanne is truly an amazing woman and a true inspiration to me, as she just gets on with everything life throws at her.
“I hope she never has to use the services that the hospice provides but I know it’s an amazing place and a comfort to all who need it.
“I’m hoping Jo will be well enough to do it with me as I need her to get me through it as she has done for all the years I’ve known her.”
Lancaster Guardian and the Visitor editor Nicola Adam has joined the team.
Nicola said: “I began editing the Lancaster Guardian and The Visitor just over two years ago and became aware of the inspiring work of St John’s Hospice very quickly.
“My own mother died of breast cancer at a very young age and was helped by a hospice so I am very aware of the role of these amazing places in our community.
“But during my first meeting with St John’s chief Sue it became obvious that they are fighting a battle day by day for funding - but also needed to win the war that is the half million pound deficit they are running with. Which is why we launched the Save Our Hospice for future generations campaign.
“They need us and one day we may need them. So please sign up for Born Survivor - I slipped a disc in my back three years ago and still find it painful but managed Born Survivor last year no problem.”
How to join the Born Survivor team
One team. One world record. One thousand people. One hundred thousand pounds. ONE hospice.
The Lancaster Guardian and its sister paper the Visitor have teamed up with Fitness Formation and Born Survivor to raise £100,000 toward the Save Our Hospice campaign for St John’s in Lancaster.
We are bidding to break the Guinness World Record for the biggest team ever to take part in an organised obstacle course event – by bringing together 1,000 people for Born Survivor at Lowther Castle, in the Lake District, on April 4 2015.
To take part here’s what you need to do.
Step one: register at http://www.everydayhero.co.uk/event/BornHeroes
Step two: set up a fundraising page and begin the first steps of reaching the £199 target for the hospice in order to regain your entry fee for Born Survivor. You can set up your fundraising page at www.everydayhero.com/uk
Step three: make sure you register through the Fitness Formation Born Heroes team by following the hospice drop-down options on the links above.
We want each member of team Fitness Formation Born Heroes’ to try to raise a minimum £100 each – that £100 represents four hours of care by St John’s Hospice team, who work with people with life-limiting illness both at the Slyne Road Hospice and people’s homes.
This is the biggest event in the Save Our Hospice campaign so far, since we launched last year to raise half a million pounds to ensure its survival for future generations.