Edinburgh-born Olivia Strong who launched a viral running challenge
and raised over £5 million for NHS charities has today received the
Prime Minister’s daily Point of Light award.
Olivia created the ‘Run for Heroes 5km Challenge’ which has seen a
million people run 5 kilometres, donate £5 and nominate five friends to
do the same. The initiative, which Olivia initially hoped would raise
£5000, went viral on Instagram with participants from over 20 countries
taking part, including Sir Mo Farah, Ellie Goulding and John Terry.
In a personal letter to Olivia, Boris Johnson, said: As we persevere with
the restrictions to stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives, I have
been inspired by the ingenuity of your Run for Heroes 5km Challenge.
Thank you for your brilliant initiative and for all that you have done to
support our wonderful NHS.