Make it a new year and a new you for Brighter Futures

By Barrie Hudson - 30 December 2020

CharityHealth

Swindon hospital charity Brighter Futures is inviting people to see in 2021 feeling fitter while helping its dementia appeal.

  • The dementia appeal aims to raise enough money to buy vital equipment

    The dementia appeal aims to raise enough money to buy vital equipment

The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s charity has launched a fundraising event for the new year which it says everybody can get involved with. 

The campaign, called New Year, New You, asks the people of Swindon and Wiltshire to commit to 10,000 steps a day throughout January, to give up alcohol for a month – or both.

Anybody taking part can set up a sponsorship form for people to donate to their challenge.

Participants can walk, run, jog or skip 10,000 steps a day, raising vital funds and improving their health.

Based on the average person’s stride, 10,000 steps is five miles, meaning they will cover at least 155 miles during the month.

The charity’s Dementia Appeal is split into three phases, with the first aiming to raise £33,000 to buy dementia-friendly clocks and a Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities (RITA) machine - an important tool to support memory and emotion for patients living with dementia.

Further information, including details of how to sign up, can be found at https://www.brighterfuturesgwh.nhs.uk/events/new-year-new-you-2021/

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