Help us celebrate 72 years of our NHS

This year has shown just how much we all value our NHS. For the last 72 years, the NHS and its dedicated staff have cared for our families and loved ones, and the NHS will continue to be here for all of us whenever we need it.

With your help, we can ensure that our family of NHS hospitals continue to deliver the very best treatment, research and care for the 2.5 million patients, young and old, and their families, that we care for each year.

We hope that you will get involved and help us mark this very special occasion by raising funds for our family of NHS hospitals, located across Manchester and Trafford. Will you take on a challenge to raise £72 – £1 for each year of the NHS?

For inspiration, read through the stories of incredible supporters taking on challenges in support below! You can also find more ways to get involved on our handy ideas list. You can tie your fundraising activity into the 72 theme, but this isn’t mandatory, and you can adapt your challenge to any age or ability – you really can challenge yourself to do anything! Remember to share your challenges with us on social media and use the hashtag #72for72NHS so that others can find and support your efforts.

Temple Run

Temple Run

An amazing team of 4 are taking on an epic challenge as they complete 72 shuttle runs between Pooles Cavern and Solomons Temple in Buxton. Each lap is 1.25 miles, with an elevation of 345ft, meaning that their team total by the end of the challenge will be 90 miles and and elevation of nearly 25,000ft!

The incredible team is made up of Dan Corthorn, Matt Bagguley, James Dunk & Harry Corthorn. Find out more and support their challenge.

Daddies Escape take on 72 10Ks in July

Daddies Escape take on 72 10Ks in July

10Ks are the theme for this group!

Three members of the running team are doing 72 separate 10K runs EACH throughout the month of July. That means most days the team will be running two 10Ks, but for 10 days they will need to run three. Peter Gough, Liam Mellon and Andy Sykes are taking on this monster challenge.

Equally impressive are the relay team members: Mark Bousie, Craig Banks, Mark Collier, Frankie Yan, Richard McCalmont, Ricky Lee, Jason Swapp, Andy Hadfield and Gareth Swift. They will be doing eight 10Ks each, to take the team up to the magic number 72.

Find out more about their challenge.

Red4Reu’s Bobble Hats

Red4Reu’s Bobble Hats

The family of Reuben are making mini bobble hat keyrings to sell. The bobble hats are in memory of their little boy, who sadly passed away last year when he was seven years old. As a keen Liverpool supporter, it was only right that the bobble hats each include at least one strand of red running through them in honour of Reuben’s favourite team.

Reuben is pictured here with his twin brother Rocco and cousin Martha.

The family are raising funds for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, in particular leukaemia research.

Ashley Taylor Dawson’s Ultramarathon

Ashley Taylor Dawson’s Ultramarathon

Hollyoaks actor Ashley Taylor Dawson, along with pal Jay, are taking on an incredible 50km run as part of £72for72!

Ashley’s Hollyoaks character, Darren Osborne, has had an ongoing storyline in which he is suffering from depression. Since the storyline began late last year, Ashley has been contacted by fans of the show who have been sharing their own struggles with mental health issues and Ashley has even set up a YouTube channel to give a platform to those seeking help.

Now Ashley and pal Jay are taking on the monster challenge of an Ultramarathon – a 50km run – all to raise money for Galaxy House, a children’s and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) inpatient unit at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

“What Darren has been going through has been awful – I can’t even imagine what that would be like for someone of a younger age,” explained Ashley.

“Learning about mental health more through Darren has really made me start to realise that we just don’t talk about this enough. Mental health should be something we’re openly discussing from an early age.

“People still get funny about words like ‘counselling’, ‘mental health’ and ‘depression’.

“If something goes wrong with your car you get it sorted because you know something dangerous might happen later on if you don’t. But for some reason we don’t have that same attitude when it comes to our minds.”

Ashley, who is a dad to three boys, has been an avid supporter of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for a number of years. He is a patron of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity and last year took part in the Charity’s daredevil challenge: Humphrey’s Heroes Abseil.

This time he has chosen to fundraise for Galaxy House: a 12-bed inpatient unit for children and adolescents which has living and dining facilities as well as therapy rooms and outdoor spaces.

He said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the people who have contacted me since Darren’s depression storyline started. Even people who don’t watch the show much have contacted me to say they have connected with it and opened up to me. And people I’ve known for years have told me things which I had no idea about. It obviously resonates with a lot of people.

“Everyone is going through a particularly hard time right now. So now more than ever it’s important that we look at the issue and how we can all get better education around mental health issues. I honestly believe that means this should start in schools. Normalise it while we’re young and we will grow up knowing it’s perfectly fine to seek help.

“I know for some there is this old school belief that you have to ‘be tough’ but that just makes people think this sort of thing is abnormal. It’s not. And it’s okay to not be okay.”

Ashley will be doing the Ultramarathon run with his friend Jay Parlane on Saturday, 4th July. The friends have chosen a route around Cheshire. They have only been running together properly since the start of lockdown and the furthest they have ever run is 20km.

Ashley said: “I’ve been asked before to take part in a marathon but the thought of all that training and running made me feel sick and just sounded horrendous.

“Since the lockdown I’ve found that running has helped me clear my mind when days have been hard and given me the clarity of mind to focus my passion and energy in the right direction.

“I wanted to do something to help raise more awareness for mental health and of course support the incredible Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

“I’ve always been pretty gung-ho about making decisions. In my head I just thought if I’m going to spend that many hours running anyway, instead of doing a marathon why not just do an Ultramarathon. Yes, I know… think before you open your mouth Ash! DOH! But I’m doing it now and that’s that!

“Now the charity is involved it is really important to me so now there is no backing out… I will crawl if I have too! Please help me raise as much as possible for an amazing cause.”

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George’s Scavenger Hunt

George’s Scavenger Hunt

8-year-old George Bromley and family have decided to create a special scavenger hunt around their local area in Glossop! They will charge £1 per question sheet and, thanks to a donation of materials from Glossop Arts Project, have created special badges for those who complete it. We love this creative idea!

George has been both a patient of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital due to his condition, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, and will be splitting his fundraising between the two hospitals to say thank you.