Newcastle Falcons fans are being encouraged to join an exercise and fundraising challenge by a local MP and Government Minister.
Guy Opperman, Government Minister and Member of Parliament for Hexham, has launched the ‘10for10 challenge’ to raise money for local charities and encourage fitness and wellbeing.
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented serious challenges for charities of all sizes where they have been unable to organise their usual fundraising activities. Lockdown has been difficult with many people having prolonged social isolation, which has had effects on people’s mental and physical health.
The 10for10 challenge encourages people across the country to get fit with their own personal fitness challenge – such as walking 10,000 steps, running 10k, or cycling 10 miles. Participants are then asked to donate or raise at least £10 for a local charity of their choice, and nominate three friends to take part too.
Mr Opperman has set up the initiative 10 years since he was diagnosed with a brain tumour after collapsing in the House of Commons. Following emergency surgery, the MP made a full recovery, but now wants to do more to support the charities who supported him through a difficult time. Over 50 MPs from across the political divide have signed up for the challenge.
Guy Opperman MP said: "The lockdown has been tough for us all – especially with the winter weather.
"The 10for10 challenge is all about getting fit and raising money for our fantastic local charities, and I would encourage all Falcons fans to get involved.
"The Challenge is open to all – 10 bits of exercise with a 10 in it. You could do 10,000 steps, 10 press ups, a 10km run or something more inventive – you pick the challenge to raise at least £10 for your favourite local charity."
For more information or to sign up, please visit 10for10.uk .