As many of our supporters will know, our 10th annual Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge due to take place on Sunday 17th May, was unfortunately cancelled due to the Coronavirus. Over the past nine years, the cycle event which is so close to so many people’s hearts and the only challenge event that we organise ourselves, has raised over £250,000. It sold out every year and this year was no exception. What’s more, it played an incredible part in bringing together so many people across our local communities in Dorset and Somerset.

We are humbled by the wonderful messages of support that we have received from those of you who were due to fundraise on our behalf but are no longer able to do so due to the current pandemic. Many of you have been in touch to ask how you can still do your bit to help during these difficult times and enable us to continue providing our life-saving service. Here's one fantastic way that you can help us during the month of May!!

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

With people looking for different ways to show their support to charities at this worrying time, we have jumped on the ‘virtual’ wagon and have come up with our Coast to Coast Virtual Challenge which will not only keep you active for a whole month, but boost positivity and raise funds to support our life-saving work. Our critical care team are still operating for 19 hours a day, helping to save the lives of patients in need.

To join in, simply donate £5 (or any amount that you can afford) when you accept the challenge. If you would like to try and raise even more, you can set up a fundraising page and ask your family and friends to sponsor you. Every penny raised really will make a big difference and enable us to continue saving lives. Use whatever active means you have available. You could cycle, run, walk, scoot, row etc. and use exercise bikes, treadmills, rowing machines or whatever you have at home so get creative! Whatever activity you choose, have fun and ensure that you follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.

ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?

It’s so easy to take part, just complete the following steps and support us at a time that’s convenient to you during the month of May

  1. Choose your ‘active challenge’ - Be as creative as you like! (we've included a handful of ideas below to get you started).
  2. Choose your distance – Choose to complete 55 miles, 11 miles or as many “active” miles as you would like and spread this over the month of May.
  3. Set your own exercise schedule - If you are considering 55 miles, this would equate to just under two miles a day.
  4. No evidence is required to show that you have completed your miles, but we are sure you will want to clock them yourselves. You can do this by using apps such as Strava/MapMyRun or others available on your devices.
  5. Support us by donating £5 (or any amount you can afford) or set up a fundraising page if you would like to raise additional funds with help from your friends, family and colleagues.
  6. Encourage your family, friends and colleagues to get involved! Ask them to support your challenge or create their own. If you fancy doing this challenge as a group or a team, ‘Zoom’ or ‘House Party’ are great tools to use.
  7. Have fun and complete your challenge
  8. Share your C2C Virtual Challenge with us - We would love to see your photos and videos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Follow us, then tag us @DSAIRAMBULANCE in your social media posts and use the hashtags #C2CVirtualChallenge #DSAA11Miles and #DSAA11Milles

NEED SOME INSPIRATION?

Just a handful of ideas to get you started:

  • Cycle
  • Walk
  • Run
  • Skip
  • Row
  • Jog
  • Scoot
  • Climb up and down your stairs
  • Do walking lunges

The choice is yours, be as creative as you like!

No evidence is required to show that you have completed your miles, but we are sure you will want to clock them yourselves. You can do this by using apps such as Strava/MapMyRun or others available on your devices.

Whatever activity you choose, have fun and ensure that you follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.

For more information you can visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/  or www.gov.uk