Can we make it to 1 million jumps? Of course we can!! Boots UK has a mission to boost the health and happiness of the nation, and what better way than letting it all go with some jumping? Young, old, fit or not so, there's no excuse not to jump - and just look how happy it makes you! Let's get jumping, at work, school and home, and help boost the Boots UK Jump Totaliser, thereby helping support disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Your jumps can make a real difference, for example 100 jumps at just 1 pence per jump could provide the funds for a young girl who has been bullied to make friends at a local youth club*. The Totaliser was on 400,000 as I wrote this, can you help get the total to a cool (or maybe slightly jump-sweaty) million?
To help with all this jumping, British Gymnastics have created five easy jump challenges for adults and children to do wherever they are. Such a great half-term activity to keep the smalls busy and active, when those dreaded screens are sure to be beckoning. We headed to the beach to do our jumping last week, and the girls had a brilliant time, as you can see from our pictures. Have a look at Sophia's best jump, definitely one for the scrapbooks! You can even pick up a free Jump Journal in Boots stores, which will help you perfect and record your best jumps.
All you need to do to get involved is start jumping! It's as simple as that. Once you’ve done your jumps, just log on to the online jump totaliser at boots.com/childreninneed to log your jumps and donate. Let's help them reach 1 million jumps!
On Jump Day tomorrow, 26th October, Boots UK are hosting in-store events up and down the country to get people jumping. Find out if there is one near you. There are also Jump for Pudsey challenges being staged in British Gymnastics registered clubs and leisure centres across the country. Follow #JumpforPudsey for more information.
British artistic gymnast and five-time Olympic medal winner Max Whitlock has lent his support to the campaign, saying:
“I think the Jump for Pudsey campaign is a brilliant idea! It’s great to have a campaign that not only raises money for such an incredible charity but also helps people keep fit whilst having fun. Even just a small amount of exercise like jumping can make a significant difference in helping people become healthier and happier. I’m sure lots of people will enjoy taking part and I know lots of gymnasts will be joining in and challenging each other to raise as much money as possible.”
So, how can you join in?
Share your leaps on social media using #JumpForPudsey
Make a donation of £3 by texting JUMP to 70313, or via mydonate.bt.com/events/jumpforpudsey
What are you waiting for? Ready, steady, jump...
Remember to share their leaps with #JumpForPudsey, and make a donation of £3 by texting JUMP to 70313, or via mydonate.bt.com/events/jumpforpudsey. You can find out more at boots.com/childreninneed.
The funds raised through Jump for Pudsey will help BBC Children in Need support disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. The Charity supports 2400 projects including a number focusing on improvements to physical wellbeing, and last year alone helped tens of thousands of disadvantaged children and young people through health and sport programmes. During its thirteen years partnering Children in Need, Boots UK has raised a total of £8.5 million.
* Here's what just 1p per jump could do:
• 100 jumps (£1) – means a young girl who has been bullied make friends at a local youth club
• 200 jumps (£2) – means an 11-year-old boy with autism can develop his co-ordination and confidence at a trampoline session
• 700 jumps (£7) – funds a deaf boy who has been in and out of hospital so he can enjoy hands on activities at an outdoor survival skills day
• 1,500 jumps (£15) – means a 12-year-old boy with learning difficulties gets to play, learn and grow in confidence at a unique football and literacy project
• 2,000 jumps (£20) – means a group of children living in a deprived area can have an hour of weekend football, keeping them active and healthy over winter
• 3,000 jumps (£30) – enables a disabled child to do an indoor surfing session, where they can have fun while improving their balance and coordination
• 25,000 jumps (£250) – pays for a cooker for a family who have previously been homeless, allowing the children to have a hot meal each day and improve their health