Our ‘blues and twos’ crews are there for us every minute of every day, so now we’re dedicating 22/2/22 to all of our incredible fire services community – with our own ‘Blues and Twosday’.

We’re asking all of you, our amazing supporters, to challenge yourself with one or more of the below 22-themed ideas (or anything else you wish!), while supporting us in the process with a donation.

Whether you fancy trying 22 squats, walking or running 22 miles or simply gathering friends together for a 22-minute activity, it’s totally up to you what you do. All we ask is that you spread the word about the work we do throughout your activity and encourage those closest to you to donate, to ensure we can continue to be there for our fire family when they need us most.

Keep us up to date with what you do with photos or videos on social media, or by registering for My Fire Fighters Charity (MyFFC), our new app and social media portal and joining one of our groups here.

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Here are just a few ideas to get you started…

22-exercises programme

You could raise £22 (or more) by challenging yourself to 22 squats, burpees or any other form of exercise you wish – ensuring whatever you choose isn’t going to cause you pain or injury.

22 lengths

We’re currently in the middle of our #healthyjoints programme, which encourages all of our fire services community to take care of their joints and musculoskeletal health throughout their lives.

If you’re struggling with running or walking, it might be that swimming is a good option for you to keep your joints moving. Get down to your local pool and complete 22 lengths, while donating £22 in the process.

You can keep up with all the latest updates, content and videos in our joints campaign by registering for MyFFC, joining our Healthy Joints Group or by searching for #HealthyJoints in MyFFC and following the topic. Anything new will appear there and you’ll also be updated when anything is added.

22 minutes a day for 22 days

If you want to challenge yourself even further, you could try 22 minutes of exercise for 22 days, recording your progress as you go. There’s no rules when it comes to what you do – pick something that you’ll enjoy and will challenge you personally.

We’ve gathered some key information to take note of if you’re struggling with joint pain but want to try exercising on MyFFC here.

Invite 22 along for the fun

You could encourage 22 friends, workmates, relatives or neighbours to join you in a specific activity for 22 minutes. It could be anything from a hobby or gym class to a new activity or simply a walk locally – while encouraging each of them to donate £22, whether individually or between a few of them.

BBQ for 22

Weather permitting, why not start the barbecue season early and invite 22 guests for a winter feast or picnic outdoors? Set a fun theme, whether it’s fancy dress or a cooking theme, before asking all of them to bring an item of food or drink and offer a donation on arrival.

22 minutes of ‘me time’

Try spending 22 minutes taking care of yourself – whether that’s through a mindfulness activity, reading a book, drawing or painting, trying some yoga, or even prepping your garden for spring. Spending time doing something you love is so important for your overall wellbeing. Why not try one of our guided relaxations or breathing exercises on MyFFC? Click here to watch them all.

Give back your commute

Working from home? You could donate the cost of your commute for one day, one week or even one month to us, to support your community of fire and rescue service personnel and their families.

22 miles

If you’re a keen runner or walker, or you simply want to try it out, organise a sponsored run, walk or cycle ride across 22 miles.

However, remember 22 miles is a huge goal, so pick one you think is achievable for you – no distance is too short – and spread it out over a day, a week or even a month, depending on your ability at the time.

Donate £22

We know how busy everyone is, particularly at this time of year, so if you’re struggling to find the time to organise an activity but want to support our Blues and Twosday, you can make a standalone donation below:

Donate this Blues and Twosday

Just remember, when undertaking exercise or wellness activities of any kind, please also ensure that you do so in an appropriate and safe environment, taking all necessary measures to ensure your personal safety and that of those around you. The exercises should not cause any pain and, if they do or symptoms worsen, seek medical advice before continuing. We recommend consulting with your doctor before beginning any new exercise programme.