We all make that New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy with the best intentions, but it can be difficult to feel motivated after the long slog of festive food and merriment!

New Year’s resolutions date all the way back to 153 B.C. but the New Year has not always begun on January 1st and still doesn't in some parts of the world - take China, who celebrated their New Year – the year of the horse - just last week. So who’s to say you should be confined to January resolutions? If you haven’t started; fear not – February is as good a month as any!

“It’s too much like hard work!” I hear you cry! Exercise needn't be a chore – grab a buddy, think of your favourite activity or sport and turn it into a challenge! If you want to stick to the ‘new you’, setting yourself a goal is one of the best motivators out there, and what better way to do it than for charity? Get fit, have fun and raise valuable funds!

Melanie set herself a goal to get fit in July 2011 and within 17 months she had lost 94lbs through diet and exercise. After catching the running bug she is taking on all 26.6 miles of the London Marathon in aid of United Response this April. If you would like to support her in her fundraising efforts you can visit her online page.

If that’s not inspiration enough, check out our events section of the website and feel motivated to take on one of our exciting challenges. Whether it is a local 5k run, a group triathlon challenge, a cycling tour or even a skydive if it takes your fancy – there is a challenge to suit everyone! 

What’s more; the money you raise will help us make a difference between a daily existence and a fulfilling life for the young people and adults we support with a range of disabilities, mental health needs, autism and dementia.

Sarah Riddlestone, fundraising administrator.