Celebrate the NHS's 75th Birthday in style with us

The NHS’s 75th birthday will take place during 2023 and communities across the country are coming together to join the NHS1000 mile challenge to mark the occasion.

What is NHS1000 miles challenge?

To celebrate the NHS staff and support their work, During 2023, people are asked to walk, run, swim or cycle (or a combination) the distance of 1,000 miles. That’s an average of 2.74 miles per day.

Who can do it?

NHS1000 miles is open to everyone! – from local communities through to NHS staff and volunteers. You can take on an individual challenge or join as a team.

How do I keep track?

Participants are encouraged to keep a record of their weekly miles and are invited to share their progress on Twitter on Sunday nights at 7.30pm using the hashtag #NHS1000miles. Don't forget to tag us @cihospcharity

Participants can join a dedicated NHS1000 miles Strava group, which makes it easy to track your miles and to see how fellow NHS1000 mile participants are doing. 

As well as being a great way to mark the birthday, physical activity is good for your body and mind. Exercise can: improve your sleep; clear your mind; and boost your energy.

How do I sign up?

It’s completely free to take part in NHS1000miles. However, why not get sponsored for all your hard work and support Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity! Any fundraising you do directly supports staff, patients and your friends and family in our local communities. There's no registration form! Just get in touch!

How do I get started?
  1. Work out how you want to complete your miles and how many you’ll need to do each day/week/month
  2. Track your miles through this dedicated spreadsheet or join the Strava group
  3. If you want to, why not set up a JustGiving page and get sponsored or use our sponsorship form. Don't forget to ask your supporters to Gift Aid their donation!
  4. Share your weekly mileage at the Twitter ‘check-in’ – Sundays, 7.30pm (use/search the hashtag #NHS1000miles) and tag @cihospcharity
  5. Visit england.nhs.uk/nhsbirthday for more information!

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