Dame Kelly to Go The Distance for NHS
Dame Kelly to Go The Distance for NHS

Double Olympic gold medalist, Dame Kelly Holmes, is encouraging people to take part in a new active fundraising event in support of a Kent NHS Trust.

The retired middle distance athlete, who lives in Hildenborough, is backing the ‘Go the Distance’ campaign which aims to raise funds for Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Charitable Fund.

The event involves people walking, running or cycling either 5km, 10km, a half marathon or full marathon in a maximum of 30 days in return for sponsorship. Donations will support the charity’s dedicated Covid-19 response fund for staff health and wellbeing.

Dame Kelly, who achieved seven Gold, eight Silver and four Bronze medals throughout her career, said: “NHS staff have rightly been recognised as heroes during Covid-19.”

“However, I have always applauded them, especially knowing the exceptional care they gave my mother in her final months.”

“My mother worked for the NHS for over 30 years and received treatment and care at Maidstone Hospital’s Kent Oncology Centre and on the hospital’s wards.”

“Appreciation goes further than just at a time of a pandemic and that’s why I am supporting this cause, so please ‘Go the Distance’ and help support Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Charitable Fund.”

Participants are encouraged to set up their own fundraising page and everyone who raises £10 or more will receive a bespoke medal. A £10 donation can be made by texting MTWGTD to 70085* or via justgiving.com/fundraising/mtw-fundraisinggothedistance

Supporters can sign up to the event via https://bit.ly/2020Gothedistance of register their interest via [email protected].

Entries close on Friday 31 July 2020.

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