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Working out and keeping healthy while raising money for NHS staff

Wednesday, 22 April, 2020
Working out and keeping healthy while raising money for NHS staff

A Cramlington man is taking part in a 30-day, work-out challenge to raise money and thank NHS staff for working tirelessly in the fight against coronavirus.

James Kibler, 25, will be doing the ‘Murph Challenge’ until the end of April. Throughout his journey, he will be documenting his progress on his social media pages, while encouraging his followers to donate what they can and get involved.


All the money raised will be sent to an association of NHS trust charities across the country – including Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Bright charity – in order to support staff with toiletries and food packages and mental health advice during these unprecedented and challenging times.


The cross-fit challenge comprises of a daily one-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air-squats, concluding with another one-mile run. The work-out was created to honour fallen soldiers and James will be wearing a 10-kilogram weighted vest to represent the body armour worn. James will be undertaking it in his garage, as well as using his one-hour daily exercise outside.


James said: “I decided to take part in this challenge because I wanted to give something back to those on the frontline who are working so hard at this time.


“Throughout my life, I have received care from the NHS and have had multiple hospital admissions, including a number of operations at Hexham hospital. I am entirely grateful to NHS staff.


“So, I set a target to raise £1,000 over the 30 days, to say thank you NHS.”


Brenda Longstaff, head of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Bright charity, said: “James’ fundraising will benefit NHS staff here in Northumberland and North Tyneside and those across the country who are working incredibly hard.


“As well as this, he is promoting health and wellbeing while the nation is staying at home to help protect the NHS and save lives. We thank you for making a difference James.”


If you wish to donate to James Kibler’s challenge, click here.

Media Contact:

Eliza Burke – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0191 203 1295 / 07966490736