Virtual 14 Day Challenge


Everyday life has changed quite quickly due to COVID-19. Events or activities that we take part in at the weekend and in our evenings have been cancelled, some people might be working from home, and we’re all wondering what we can do to make life feel as normal as possible.

However whilst life might have changed, the role of the hospital charity hasn’t, we are still here to support and fund lifesaving equipment, research and items that enhance the stays of our patient, all of which is ‘over and above’ what the NHS funds. But we can’t do this without the support of people like you. 

That’s why we’ve launched our Virtual 14 Day Challenge to give you the opportunity to do something different and raise money to support patients at our hospitals, whilst keeping yourself and everyone around you as safe as possible.

Understandably, some of the hospital charity’s fundraising events have been put on hold, and sadly many of our fundraisers have had to postpone their events. There are still lots of things that you could do to support the work that the Charity does for the 20,000 members of staff, the two million patients we treat each year, and their families, at University Hospitals Birmingham.

With our Virtual 14 Day Challenge you can pick an activity to do in your spare time, or choose something to give up for two weeks, and ask your friends and family to sponsor you. You could try and cycle 200 miles in two weeks, either on the roads or on a static bike at home, you could give up your favourite snack or even make yourself a swear jar.

A Virtual Challenge is the perfect way to get your children involved in fundraising, whether that’s through a sponsored read, or sponsoring them to do chores around the house; you can have fun and help to raise money to support patients across our hospitals.

Every year we are amazed at the number of people who take part in an event to raise money for the hospital charity, thanks to your efforts each year we’re able to go ‘over and above’ for patients at the hospital. By taking on our Virtual 14 Day Challenge you can help us to continue to do more to go ‘over and above’ to help staff, patients and visitors across University Hospitals Birmingham.

If you take on a Virtual 14 Day Challenge then be sure to share your experiences with us on social media. Whether it’s a plate of brownies that turned out perfectly or a screenshot of your running app after completing your latest run, share it with us. Use the hashtags #VirtualChallenge and #Virtual14 when you post!

We've set up a JustGiving page especially for our challenge, and you can set up your own page by clicking here. JustGiving is the easiest way for you to get sponsorship from your friends and family for taking part in the challenge.

Here are some ideas of the different ways that you can get involved:

  • Walk or run a marathon in two weeks (that’s two miles a day with one day off!)
  • Sponsored read – how many books can you read in two weeks? Or alternatively, what’s the longest book you can read in two weeks? War and Peace, anyone?
  • Set a distance to cycle over two weeks, whether that’s 20 miles or 200 miles you can set the bar as high as you’d like to. You can cycle outside, or if you’ve got an exercise bike at home or a turbo trainer then you can get pedalling without leaving the house.
  • Bake a cake for your family and sell it off piece-by-piece.
  • Sponsor your kids to do chores around the house – take the opportunity to get your car cleaned and your flowerbeds weeded.
  • If chores aren’t the best idea for your children then try a sponsored silence, you might enjoy the peace and quiet…
  • Hold an online gaming tournament. Whether that’s FIFA or Fortnite you can hold a fun day of sociable fundraising over the internet.
  • Hold a virtual pub quiz, invite your friends to a quiz via video-chat and enjoy an evening of entertainment and fundraising from home.
  • Hold a ‘Virtual Dance-Off’! Film yourself dancing or even make a Tik-Tok and get your friends to do the same, then you can vote for the winner.
  • Give up chocolate or sweets – sometimes the old ideas are the best ideas.
  • Swear jar – if you’re prone to naughty language then fine yourself (and your family members) every time you swear. You can set different fines for different words!
  • If you play a musical instrument then stream yourself playing on social media or Skype and encourage your friends and family to donate.
  • How many keepie-uppies can you do in a row? Whether you use a football or a tennis ball you can keep entertained and raise money at the same time.
  • Shave your head! Haven't been able to get a haircut? Why not shave your head and ask for donations?

If you’ve got any different ideas then let us know, email us at

If you would like to show your support for the hospital charity then you can simply make a donation online to help support our work across the hospitals.

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