Jos 40 Fundraising Challenge

Jo started a '40' fundraiser challenge back in December 2021, to tie in with celebrating her 40th Birthday. Since then, Jo has ran an inflatable 5k, held a litter pick, walked 12 miles along part of the South Downs, eaten a bowl of brussel sprouts, swam 40 lengths non stop and walked 100 miles in a month!!

We spoke to Jo, who said:

"I came up with the idea of fundraising for Heads On during lockdown. It was apparent the strain the virus was putting on NHS staff as well as people's mental health and Sussex Partnership's Trust's charity seemed an ideal one to support during this time.

 I wanted to push myself where possible and came up with the idea of completing 40 varying challenges - some big, some small - to help boost funds for this worthwhile cause and at the same time set a bit of a personal goal.

One of the first and one of the biggest challenges was to run 150 miles in a month. Despite training a month prior to this and gradually building up my mileage, come Day 6 I realised I had hurt my ankle quite badly. Doctors and hospital trips showed I had unfortunately suffered a stress fracture and so had to rest up and think of other challenges in the meantime.

Contracting Covid in November 2021 slowed me down some what and I also found out I was pregnant during the summer of 2021, which meant some goals such as the running challenge, which I had hoped to come back to, had to be re-thought somewhat.

With a baby on the way, I have now extended the deadline to complete the remaining challenges but I am determined to see them through and have enjoyed completing the ones I have so far. Despite some of the barriers, it has been good fun and I am very grateful to all the donations I have received to date."

If you'd like to support Jo, please visit her Fundraising page here. If you're interested in taking on a challenge similar to Jo, please get in contact with the team at!



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