Jump Rope for Heart

Receive free skipping resources, and teach pupils about the importance of exercise.

Jump Rope for Heart

Who? The British Heart Foundation
Deadline Ongoing
What? This scheme teaches children the importance of exercise and heart health. Registered schools receive skipping resources worth up to £100 and are required to hold a sponsored skip within the year. Schools can retain 20% of funds raised
Website bhf.org.uk


Case study: Drighlington Primary School raises £1,854

Jenny Hollies, PTA Treasurer, Drighlington Primary School, Bradford, West Yorkshire (442 pupils): ‘I was approached by one of our teachers who had heard about the British Heart Foundation’s Jump Rope For Heart scheme, which involved the children carrying out various skipping activities. Within three weeks we had an information pack and a skipping kit containing resources worth over £100!

Over 400 pupils aged 3-11 donned their trainers to take part. The children worked together on new techniques, such as the ‘egg beater’ and ‘double under’, as well as learning about the importance of exercise and heart health. Sponsor forms were provided by BHF and distributed along with a letter explaining that 80% of donations would go to BHF, and 20% to the school.

I asked local companies to donate prizes for the children who had raised the most money, and BHF provided an electronic skipping rope to the 18 children who raised over £50. 61 children raised sponsorship, and all pupils who took part received a certificate. It was a fantastic event for teachers and pupils. The fundraiser took place in the playground, in school time, over two days, with each class practising their skipping skills.

A fabulous £1,854 was raised in total! The school could retain 20%, so £1,483 was donated to BHF, the PTA kept £370, and there was £71 of the eligible 20% donations for us to claim back from HMRC as Gift Aid. So altogether we raised £442 for the school. My advice? Allow time for the skipping ropes and certificates to be dispatched, as ours arrived in the holidays!’