HARP challenge goes virtual during lockdown

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HARP, Southend’s homeless charity, is inviting local people to become “HARP Heroes” by taking on their first ever, lockdown friendly, 30-day Virtual Challenge.

HARP launched the Virtual Challenge after having to cancel fundraising events and close its six charity shops as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The charity hope that the challenge will help to raise vital funds to keep their services for homeless people in Southend running, whilst giving local people the chance to get fit and beat the boredom of lockdown.

“We are really excited about our first ever Virtual Challenge. Although we launched our Emergency Appeal last month, we know that many people are also missing the challenge and sense of community that training and fundraising for a big charity event gives them,” said Dina Jobson, HARP’s fundraising manager.

“Our Virtual Challenge provides people with the chance take on a challenge, keep busy during lockdown, and contribute to the local community from the comfort of home or during their daily exercise outing.”

Challenge participants can choose the activity they will undertake for their 30-day period, pledging to raise £50 towards HARP’s work with local homeless people. Those taking part can start any time between now and May 2 with the aim to complete your challenge by the end of May. The Virtual Challenge costs just £10 to enter and all participants will receive a medal upon completion.

Companies with staff who are working from home, running clubs and social groups can also sign up as a team to help keep members motivated and connected during this period of social distancing.

Dina continued: “We hope this challenge will help us continue to provide life-saving services in Southend, and create a sense of community between participants as they work towards their individual goals for a common cause.

“We can’t wait to see the town come together in solidarity with local homeless people to make an impact that will last longer than lockdown.”

You can sign up for the challenge at: www.harpsouthend.org.uk/virtual-challenge

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Mick Ferris

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