555 fundraising challenge goes global at software company Salesforce

05 May 2020

Colleagues James and Jessica shared the 555 running challenge with their sales team to keep them motivated during lockdown.

Not only did their whole team take part, but staff from across the organisation worldwide, raising over £3,000 for our emergency COVID-19 appeal.

James and Jessica work together on the sales team at Salesforce, a global software company. They were looking for ways to engage their team whilst working from home when they came across the 555 fundraising challenge that has been sweeping social media during lockdown. The 555 challenge involves running 5km, nominating 5 of your friends on social media to do the same, and then donating £5 to charity.

The colleagues wanted to give their team something fun to focus on, so started the challenge by sharing it amongst their office. They were surprised at how quickly the challenge took off and soon they found that Salesforce employees were being nominated across the world, including Europe and the US! The challenge got a mention in their company-wide webcast, encouraging even more people to take part. Each nominee ran their 5k and donated £5 to our emergency COVID-19 appeal, or sometimes more if they were nominated multiple times.

Salesforce supported our emergency COVID-19 appeal as their London office is based close to the hospitals that we support and they were keen to help frontline NHS staff during these unprecedented times. Salesforce itself have very generously agreed to match the funds raised by their staff, meaning the team has raised £3,200 in total! 

Jess says, "this has been a fantastic way for us to not only stay fit whilst giving back to an amazing cause but also it has allowed us to keep employee morale high by having a bit of fun and engage in some healthy competition."

We'd like to say a big thank you to all involved.


If you have been inspired to fundraise for our NHS, please contact us or set up a fundraising page here.

Our COVID-19 Emergency Appeal is helping us provide urgent funds for staff who are working tirelessly across Barts Health NHS Trust. Donations are being used in many ways across our hospitals - from 3D-printed visors to protect front line staff, to iPads for isolated patients to speak with their loved ones.

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