Fire It Up Running Challenge Raises Over £1,000 for Mind

The Fire are pleased to announce with the help of the team and supporters taking on the #FireItUp for February running challenge, we have raised £1,065 for the mental health charity Mind.

Throughout the month of February the team and supporters took on the exercise and fundraising challenge to raise money for better mental health. Everyone was welcome to take part with players, staff, fans, family and friends all getting out in the fresh air and getting active in a safe way during lockdown.

We set a collective target of 500km to complete over the month, with an individual target of 42km – roughly the distance of a marathon. Within two weeks we smashed our initial target and set a new goal of 1,000km to complete by the end of February.

As the distance racked up over the month, we tracked our progress on a map of the NIHL South ice rinks as a virtual tour of our rival teams – from our home in Cardiff and back again. By the end of the month with all the runs logged, we had completed a full virtual tour of the rinks reaching an impressive total of 1,107km (about 688 miles).

Assistant Captain, Josh Haslam, who came up with the idea for a running challenge, said:

It has been difficult over the last 12 months. As a team we went from spending the majority of our time together to basically nothing. For everyone it was a massive shock to the system. Every sporting organisation understands, a team is built from the bond and regular interaction. It’s vital. A teams off ice unity transfers to on ice performance.

This challenge has been about keeping up moral and teamship by getting everyone active within safe guidelines. I am proud of the team, staff, fans, friends and family that have participated and donated. I speak on behalf of everyone, I thank you for your support and generosity.

Operations Manager and organiser of the challenge, James Assinder, said:

The Fire are proud of all our players, staff and supporters who participated in the team challenge. Thank you to each and every person who donated to our fundraiser helping raise vital funds for such an important charity supporting mental health.

All the money donated to this fundraiser has gone straight to the mental health charity Mind. The funds raised will help support the vital work Mind do to help people in crisis and make sure no one faces a mental health problem alone.

We would like to thank everyone that took part and all of you who donated. Over the past year, the Fire Family have supported many of our fundraisers and we can reveal a massive £1,807 has been raised for charities during the pandemic.

If you would like support our fundraiser for Mind, please Click Here to donate via our JustGiving page.

Thank you / Diolch #FireItUp 🔥