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Harry Redknapp takes part in around the world challenge

Harry Redknapp has completed two laps of his Sandbanks garden to support the Julia’s House Around the World challenge.

Harry Redknapp – photo by Matt Hardy Photography
Harry Redknapp – photo by Matt Hardy Photography

The football manager and Julia’s House patron also sent a good luck message to the 62 staff taking part in this fundraising virtual journey around the world.

Harry said, “Well done to all the nurses, staff and volunteers at Julia’s House who have taken part in this fantastic fundraising global trek around the world. It’s been a big challenge over lockdown but you’ve made a great effort.”

Back in April, furloughed staff from Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice charity, set themselves a challenge to collectively walk, run or cycle 24,900 miles during their daily exercise – a distance equivalent to travelling around the world.

They were soon joined by more Julia’s House colleagues who have been running, walking and cycling to achieve the global target. They completed just over 85 per cent of their journey in just 78 days.

The team are now just heading into Brazil on the last 5,000 miles of their challenge.

“This is such a boost for everyone,” says Gemma Linford, the Julia House carer who co-ordinated the challenge while on furlough and has just gone back to work at Julia’s House. “The team have been fantastic, going out in all weathers, fitting the miles in around home schooling and family commitments and work too.  Harry’s wonderful message has come along at just the right time, when we’re heading home.

“We so want to meet our fundraising target of £12,000, it would make the world of difference to local vulnerable children and their families. If people haven’t donated, we would love them to make a pledge now.”

Harry joins fellow Julia’s House patrons, actor Nigel Havers and long distance runner Liz Yelling, who have been supporting the team with their daily miles.

To donate to the Julia’s House Global Challenge visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gemma-linford

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