Can you take on Challenge 13 and help the 13,000 NHS staff working across our hospitals?

You can support them – and the patients they treat – by choosing your own challenge based on the number 13.

Walk 13,000 steps a day, cycle 130 miles, hop 1.3 kilometres or run 13 laps around your garden. You could climb 13 flights of steps or hula hoop 130 times. Make the challenge your own and be as creative as possible around the number. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

If you’re looking for a less physical challenge, aim for shorter distances, or concentrate on hobbies like knitting, reading or meditation. This is a wholly inclusive event so you can really make it your own. 

Do a challenge by yourself, or get a whole team of friends, family or colleagues involved and see how much you can raise for our ten hospitals across Bristol and Weston.

Sign up to Challenge 13


Why your Challenge 13 matters 

Any money you raise from your Challenge 13 will make a real difference to patients and staff at Bristol and Weston hospitals.Challenge 13 charity fundraiser Bristol and Weston

With your support we can create safe, modern and friendly environments that reduce anxiety and offer calm spaces for all.

Together we can ensure Bristol’s hospitals have world-class facilities and the very best equipment. We can grow the leading expertise in the hospitals by funding innovative research and clinical trials.

Join us and stand behind the dedicated NHS staff and support their development and training.

“This is a great opportunity to do something fun while giving back to your NHS. We ran between different Bristol landmarks – you could pick 13 or run 13 miles or kilometres between them.

Said Mark Alder, a Clinical Nurse Specialist working in cardiac rehabilitation at Bristol Royal Infirmary. He's also a member of the Bristol and Weston NHS Runners and a supporter of Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity.

“Why not incorporate the hospitals into your challenge by walking, running or cycling between them? Whatever challenge you choose, you’ll be raising vital funds for our NHS.”


How to get involved

1. Sign up to Challenge 13 using our simple registration form. It's free, all we ask is you aim to raise £80, or as much as you can. 

2. Start your fundraising. Set up your JustGiving page, set your fundraising target and share your page so that friends, family and colleagues can sponsor you. They could even join you in the challenge!

    3Share your story. Every story is special so why not share your story to your JustGiving page and social media channels. Let everyone know why you have chosen to support Challenge 13.

    4. Track your kilometres. If you choose to complete a walking, running or cycling challenge, you can keep track of your activity using a fitness app like Strava and watch your kilometres - and your fundraising total - add up.

    You can link Strava to your JustGiving page so your donors can see your updates, how many kilometres you're clocking up and where you're walking, running or cycling.

    Sign up to Challenge 13



    BWHC Logo sunburst icon What challenges can I take on?

    This is a wholly inclusive event so you can really make it your own. The challenge centres around the figure 13,000 – the number of staff working for University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust – and you can base your challenge around that. 

    For example, it could be as straightforward as reaching your 13,000 steps each day for a month, cycle 130 miles or running 13 miles.

    If you’re looking for a less physical challenge, aim for shorter distances, or concentrate on hobbies like knitting, reading or meditation.

    BWHC Logo sunburst icon What is the date of the event?

    Challenge 13is an ongoing event so you can sign up and complete your challenge whenever suits you!

    BWHC Logo sunburst icon I want to do a step challenge. Can I calculate the number of steps in my challenge in miles/kilometres instead?

    Absolutely. Lots of apps will calculate the distance in miles/kilometres but you can use the below as a guide:

    1 mile = 2,000 to 2,500 walking steps

    1 km = 1,250 to 1,550 walking steps

    4 to 5 miles = 10,000 steps

    BWHC Logo sunburst icon Is there an age limit for Challenge 13?

    No, and we would love as many people as possible to take part in Challenge 13. We do ask that if you are under 16 you get consent from your parent or guardian.

    BWHC Logo sunburst icon Will I get support with my virtual challenge?

    After you sign up, our team will be in touch to welcome you to the challenge and are here to support you every step of the way.

    If you have any questions in the meantime you can email our fundraising team.

    BWHC Logo sunburst icon Is there a registration fee?

    There is no registration fee for Challenge 13. 

    BWHC Logo sunburst icon What is the fundraising target?

    There is no minimum fundraising target for Challenge 13, however, we’re asking all participants to aim to raise £80 for our hospitals.

    BWHC Logo sunburst icon How do I collect money from sponsors?

    The best way to raise funds is through JustGiving, where you can set a target, update your progress and share your story. We’ve set up a JustGiving page so you can see how others are getting on too; if you need help with setting this up just let our fundraising team know.

    If you don’t want to use JustGiving we can provide you with downloadable sponsorship forms to share with your contacts. You can also use these as a means of collecting any cash donations to your challenge and donors can add gift aid where applicable.

    If you want to take part but not fundraise, you’re still welcome to do so, but we’d encourage that you make a small donation yourself which you can make through our JustGiving page.

    You can pay in your fundraising here


        Our fundraising team will be on hand to help you every step of the way, with tips on how to get started and how to boost your fundraising. If you have any questions you can contact the team on [email protected]