Queen’s Birthday Honours recognise fundraisers support of our Covid-19 Appeal

On 16th October 2020
Categories: 2020

Special congratulations to the individuals awarded with Queen’s Birthday Honours following incredible fundraising for the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Appeal. Over the last few months, we have been truly amazed by the support we have received to raise funds for NHS staff, volunteers and patients, and we are delighted some of these incredible achievements have been officially recognised. 

Joe Wicks 


For services to fitness and charity in the UK and abroad particularly during Covid-19. 

When schools closed, Joe, A.K.A The Body Coach, came up with the idea to do regular virtual P.E lessons. P.E. with Joe kept the nation moving throughout lockdown and raised an incredible £580,000 for our Covid-19 Appeal. 

Margaret Payne 


For services to the community in Lochinver during the Covid-19 response. 

Inspired by Captain Tom, 90-year-old Margaret took on her own amazing fundraising challenge to climb Mount Suilven in her own home. Over the course of 73 days, Margaret climbed the equivalent height of 2398ft, completing 282 flights of stairs and raising £435,000. 

Olivia Strong 


Founder, RunForHeroes. For services to fundraising during Covid-19. 

Olivia set up RunForHeroes as a way to put her exercise to good use, challenging herself to run 5k, donate £5, and nominate 5 others to do the same. With an initial fundraising target of £5,000, RunForHeroes attracted over 1 million runners from all over the country and beyond and raised over £5 million for the Covid-19 Appeal. 

Michael Andrew Biggar 


For services to charity and the NHS during the Covid-19 response. 

Former Scotland Rugby Captain, Michael Biggar, wanted to show his appreciation for the NHS following his recovery from a serious kidney infection.  Inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore’s efforts, Michael took on the challenge of walking 500 steps in 30 days, and raised £76,000 for our Covid-19 Appeal. 

Dabirul Islam Choudhury 


For charitable service during Covid-19. 

Following in the footsteps of Captain Tom, Dabirul challenged himself to walk laps of his garden. He completed an amazing 100 laps during Ramadan, and with support flooding in raised over £220,000 to support those affected by Covid-19.


Johnny James Flynn 


Host, Virtual Pub Quiz. For charitable service during Covid-19. 

Former pub landlord, Jay, first started his pub quizzes as a way to lift spirits during lockdown.  His weekly quiz soon went viral, with hundreds of thousands of people tuning in every week, and donations totalling over £170,000. 

Huge congratulations to these incredible fundraisers. Their support for our appeal has been phenomenal. We could not do our work supporting NHS charities across the UK without the amazing efforts of the many fundraisers like them.

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