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Charity launches home workout fundraiser with 1990s star Mr Motivator

27 Mar 2020 News

A local charity has launched a virtual fundraiser with 1990s GMTV star Mr Motivator to encourage people to work out at home.

St Barnabas Hospice, a Lincolnshire charity that offers end-of-life care and support, has had to cancel all of its fundraising events, like most charities.

It is now launching a virtual initiative to help supporters stay active while at home and fundraise for the charity if they want to.

St Barnabas Hospice will be publishing a new video every day on its Facebook page, featuring Mr Motivator carrying out a 10-minute workout. 

Supporters are asked to tune in at 10am every day for two weeks, exercise and raise £28. The charity says this equates to £2 per workout, the price of the cup of coffee or tea that people would often buy every day when going to work. 

The campaign is called #IsolationMotivation and supporters can use the hashtag to share photos and videos of themselves doing the workout.

Mike Pastor, challenge events fundraiser at St Barnabas Hospice, said: “£28 would help our nurses to care for a patient in their own home for an hour-and-a-half. Even during this period of isolation, our nurses will be travelling to visit some of the most vulnerable in Lincolnshire, helping those at the end of their life to die with dignity and compassion.

“It is tough being told you have to stay indoors as much as possible, so we are trying to bring some light-hearted fun to living rooms across the country. We want to get people up on their feet, get people motivated and raise a smile during this dark time.”

Mr Motivator is a fitness instructor who became famous in the 1990s for its appearances on GMTV. He will also be running a new programme on BBC One called HealthCheck UK Live to help keep people fit during the lockdown.

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