A SHROPSHIRE charity is hoping to inspire a future fundraisers by launching a virtual event.

Severn Hospice, who have a shop in Whitchurch, are launching 7 for Severn, with supporters challenged to make their fundraising count by whatever sponsored activity they can think of.

Hannah Gamston, area fundraiser for Severn Hospice said that there are no specific rules for the fundraisers, participants are free to raise money however they see fit.

“Other than being socially distanced and safe, there are no rules to what people could do to support us,” she said.

“We really miss our summer events so this is the next best way we can all join in together while being apart and make the moment count."

The hospice’s summer events programme is usually supported by thousands of participants and spectators, but the Covid-19 lockdown has put most fundraisers on hold.

Coupled with the charity’s shops being forced to close, Severn Hospice estimates it has lost the ability to raise around £100,000 a week since April.

The new fundraising initiative starts on July 18, giving participants time to come up with their fundraising challenge, register and start the sponsorship ball rolling.

“Run, walk, cycle, give up the booze or internet shopping for the week, learn to play an instrument in seven days, promise to do the washing up or read a book a day; the list is endless and everyone can get involved," added Hannah.

"People can do it their own, with the family or in their bubble.

“It’s simple, just choose what you want to do – it literally could be anything – and you can do the same thing over seven days, do something different every day or get to a goal, whatever you want."

Once the challenge is complete, entrants receive a certificate, T-shirt or hoodie depending on the amount of money they raise.

The scheme is also being backed by Shrewsbury-based Nick Jones Wealth Planning.

He said: “We’ve all had to adapt our ways of working during this pandemic and are aware that charities have also had to change the way that they can fund their essential services as their normal fundraising activities have had to take a backseat.

“So, when we heard about 7 for Severn, we just felt that we had to get involved in order to help supporters raise substantial amount of money in order for Severn Hospice to continue their fantastic care.”

Details of how to register and get sponsorship are on the hospice’s website at severnhospice.org.uk/7forSevern