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Virtually trek the Grand Canyon to help provide hospice care in Gloucestershire

Ever wanted to see the Grand Canyon? Well now you can while helping to raise money for Longfield Hospice at the same time.

The Virtual Grand Canyon Challenge will see people walking, cycling or running 75 miles of trails in 30 days. You track your exercise on the map and on some of the famous trails you even get to see real, spectacular views of the Arizona landmark through Google Street View.

The challenge will start at 9am on June 20, and it is hoped the event will help replace some of the income lost from the postponement of the annual Walk for Longfield due to take place this month. The popular event attracts hundreds of people and the charity was hoping to raise more than £10,000 from it this year.

Business lecturer Jamie Cipriani, from Gloucester, has signed up to take part in the challenge. The 27-year-old, who is also a volunteer presenter on Corinium Radio, is a keen runner having completed four marathons and six half marathons.

Mr Cipriani said: "I will be running the 'Virtual Grand Canyon Challenge' for Longfield, because I am passionate about supporting organisations that strive to make a difference to people's lives and Longfield Hospice for me is one of those organisations who "support adults with life-limiting illnesses.

"I also care about the community I live in and see Longfield as part of the Stroud and Gloucestershire community, so taking on this amazing challenge feels like a brilliant way to help spread the amazing work Longfield provides. It is an honour and privilege to be able to give a little back to an outstanding organisation such as Longfield."

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You can take part on your own or you can invite friends and family to sign up for some healthy competition or perhaps get your workplace colleagues involved? You can go at your own place, but the trails must be completed by July 20.

Longfield head of fundraising and marketing Rachel Jones said: "We cannot hold our annual Walk for Longfield at the moment, so we decided to put together this virtual challenge instead. This is a fantastic, fun way to get out and about and keep active while experiencing one of the most amazing landmarks of the world.

"Any amount of money people donate, or raise will help Longfield keep the free care and support going for adults with life-limiting illnesses and their families, in these difficult times.

"As an incentive, anyone who donates or raises more than £25 and completes the challenge will receive a Longfield medal, as a thank you."

To sign up to the challenge, visit: https://www.myvirtualmission.com/missions/51224/virtual-grand-canyon-challenge.

For more information, please go to https://www.longfield.org.uk/Event/virtual-grand-canyon-challenge.

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