6 August 2020

Local gym supports NHS staff

Members of the gym, DMF: Evolve, in Chandlers Ford completed a ‘MEPs challenge’ during May and raised a total of £1,640 for Southampton Hospitals Charity, which will be put towards their Coronavirus Response Appeal.

Dan Mitchell, owner of DMF: Evolve, decided to fundraise for the hospital charity as many gym members work for the NHS and have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic.

During the challenge members had to earn as many MEPs points as they could through physical exercise. Members of DMF: Evolve use a programme called MyZone to monitor how hard they are working and to set goals. This system gives MyZone Effort Points (MEPs) after every workout. The aim was to earn as many MEPs as possible during the month of May.

Dan said:

We’ve seen first-hand how tirelessly our members who are NHS staff, work to care for others. We all wanted to do something to give back to them, and their NHS colleagues, during this challenging time.

The challenge was really hard especially as we didn’t have a gym to train in during lockdown Some of our members were working out in their garages or gardens and have tried new forms of exercise they haven’t done before. But it wasn’t nearly as hard as what our NHS staff have had to face day in day out. We are really pleased and proud to raise this money that will go some way in helping support their wellbeing while they look after others.”

The Southampton Hospitals Charity Coronavirus Response Appeal is raising funds to go towards supporting hospital staff by providing wellbeing rooms, extra psychological support and iPads for staff and patients to communicate with their loved ones.

Judith Stephens, Community and Events Officer, comments:

We are thrilled that DMF: Evolve are supporting our NHS heroes through the pandemic. This money will go a long way to support our frontline and essential workers, and allow Southampton Hospitals Charity to be reactive to their needs through these unprecedented times. Thank you!”


You can discover more about our Coronavirus Response Appeal here.

Updated: 06/08/2020

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