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Raising a glass to our president’s personal 2.6 Challenge

RUNNING, baking, chatting and even an enjoyable a glass of fizz…that’s how our president Lady Neill is doing her bit for the charity during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Lady Neill set herself the task of coming up with some fun ways to take part in the week long 2.6 Challenge, the event established to support charities struggling with fundraising during the crisis.

“This is a time when we need the public’s support than ever, especially as our  charity shops are closed and all our regular fundraising activities and events halted,” she explained.

“Yet our team are there on the frontline, supporting 450 patients affected by terminal illness in their own homes and in care homes across Sheffield.

“We are at full capacity in our In Patient Centre with our patients receiving dedicated specialist care 24 hours a day.”

With that in mind Lady Neill decided to come up with as many ways as possible of meeting the spirit of the 2.6 Challenge.

That included running 2.6km in 26 minutes, making 26 sultana scones to share with her step mother, ringing 26 family and friends in 2.6 days - and finally toasting her St Luke’s friends and colleagues with 2.6 glasses of fizz!

And by the time she had completed her week of activity she had raised a total of £1,402, with that figure still rising.

“Our team are just inspirational,” she said. “In normal times they are awesome and do fabulous things for the people of Sheffield but now more than ever they have planned and prepared to meet this crisis and deal with it.

“Everybody is pulling in the same direction at St Luke’s and it is incredibly humbling to see and experience their ethos and shared focus

“Everybody wants to be there for the patients and their families but to make sure that level of care can continue into the future we all have to step up and help as much as we can.

“That’s why I took on the 2.6 Challenge and I thank everyone who has sponsored me and all the other people who have done something special to ensure that St Luke’s is here for many years to come.”

To support Lady Neill’s JustGiving campaign simply visit Lady Neill

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