22 May 2020

Lockdown challenges raise vital funds

Rural walks, sun salutations and hula-hooping are just some of the activities that St Albans resident Gill Hudnott has taken on during lockdown as part of a month-long challenge to complete a different activity every day to raise vital funds for Rennie Grove.

 Gill Hudnott has taken on a month-long challenge to support Rennie Grove

Gill was set to take part in this year’s London Marathon last month but after its postponement, she decided to carry on fundraising to do her bit to help make up the shortfall in fundraising income caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Gill started her month of fundraising activities during the national 2.6 Challenge campaign, which encouraged everyone to complete challenges involving the numbers 2.6 and 26 on one day. Gill found she could think of so many different activities to undertake that she decided to keep her challenge going for four weeks.

Gill said: “I was lucky enough to run the London Marathon last year for Rennie Grove which marked the 10th anniversary of my dad’s death. Rennie Grove was there for him and my family. Fundraising is my way of saying thank you.”

Gill Hudnott has taken on a month-long challenge to support Rennie Grove

She continued: “The most fun I’ve had has been hula hooping for 26 minutes via Zoom and being able to chat with friends but the most challenging was the bike ride. I completed 26.2 miles which is the furthest I’ve gone on a road bike. I was trying to keep the ride local resulting in a very wiggly route!”

Claire Redrup, our Community and Events Fundraising Manager said: “We’ve loved keeping up to date with Gill’s daily challenges over the last month and we’re so grateful for her help. We rely on the generosity of the community to raise 89% of our funds through fundraising activities like this. We simply couldn’t run our services without this sort of support.

“If you’re on furlough or have some extra time on your hands, why not challenge yourself and raise funds for Rennie Grove? We’re here to support you with your goals. Email us here or call 01442 890222.”

You can support Gill’s fundraising efforts by visiting here JustGiving page here.