Bournemouth boss helps raise over £32k for Wiltshire charity

Bournemouth boss helps raise over £32k for Wiltshire charity

Published by Jack Deery at 12:20pm 19th March 2020. (Updated at 12:29pm 19th March 2020)

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Eddie Howe joined forces with the CEO of Julia's House and business owners to raise money for the charity.

After taking on a two hour High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session, Eddie Howe, Martin Edwards and a team of local business owners have managed to raise over £32,000, so far, for the Dorset and Wiltshire Children's Hospice charity. 

They started the appeal in January, in order to fund two Julia's House nurses.

But since the virus outbreak, they said it's now even bigger. 

It was CEO Martin's idea and he decided to call upon patron, former professional footballer and now AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe to help out. 

The 'HIIT Squad' took on the challenge yesterday (Wednesday 18th March) and it was live streamed on the Julia's House Facebook page.

Fitness instructors put the team through their paces, with them doing a number of different exercises in the two hours.

Their Just Giving page is still accepting donations, and you can find it here

Martin Edwards, CEO, said: 

"We are still visiting families in their homes and offering a lifeline of care to hugely vulnerable children, when they may otherwise be isolated from the outside world and we will continue to do so for as long as we possibly can.

At the same time, we are having to postpone and cancel some of our flagship fundraising events. Were almost 100% publicly funded and we estimate this is going to take £1 million of our income this year. We know these are difficult times and everyone is worried, but we so need people to support the HIIT Squad. 

Our families often dont have anyone other than Julias House to turn to, so people giving today will help us ensure we can carry on supporting the children in our community who need us the most."

The team had to do the challenge outside due to concerns around health and safety.

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