Is it your New Year’s resolution to get fit and shed that extra Christmas weight? If so, we are running our annual Fitness February Challenge, encouraging the general public and supporters to take on a month-long fitness challenge raising funds for, and awareness of, the charity. Now in its fourth year, we have introduced a new set of FREE fitness challenges to take on, encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle for all. We believe that sight loss should not mean missing out and actively encourage our members to take part in social activities to keep fit and reduce isolation.
There are three fitness challenges as part of the Fitness February campaign, encouraging supporters to walk, run or cycle the full / half / quarter distance of Dorset in the 28 days of February – with the shortest challenge requiring just 0.8 miles a day!
Leah Cross, Community Support Worker at Dorset Blind Association, has taken part in the Fitness February Challenge in previous years, saying: “ I think Fitness February is a great chance for anyone to take up exercise. Whether you’re into fitness or not, I know how important the need for Dorset Blind Association is as I see it firsthand.”
We hope that in people signing up to the Fitness February Challenge, they will raise awareness for the charity across the county, as well as vital funds, with the suggested sponsorship target being just £50. With no government funding or support from the RNIB, the charity relies 100% on the generosity of its supporters.
Dorset Blind Association provides various services and practical help for blind and partially sighted people across the whole of Dorset where there are currently more than 30,000 people living with sight loss. This number is predicted to increase every year and is expected to reach 35,000 in 2020, causing an even bigger increase in demand for the much-needed services and support.
Gareth Owens, Community and Corporate Fundraiser at Dorset Blind Association, said: “At DBA we are all about the people: our central belief is that sight loss should not be a barrier to people living full and active lives, so it makes sense for us to champion a challenge like Fitness February.”