Hospital charity teams up with zoo for steps challenge

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Rachel Clarke, who works in Recruitment for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, Head of Fundraising and Voluntary Services Caroline Scholz and Assistant Voluntary Services Co-ordinator Catherine Henshaw are taking part in the Blue Skies 10,000 steps challenge

The Blue Skies Hospitals Fund has teamed up with Blackpool Zoo to encourage people to sign up to the 10,000 steps challenge.

Blue Skies, the charity for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, launched the New Year steps challenge at the start of January to encourage people to complete the recommended 10,000 steps per day while raising funds for a good cause.

And despite the New Year already being in full swing, people can still sign up and make up any lost steps with a discounted walk around Blackpool Zoo at the end of the month.

All money raised through sponsorship and on the final walk will go towards enhancing patient care at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Head of Fundraising and Voluntary Services, Caroline Scholz, has signed up to the challenge, and said she was surprised to discover she walked more than 10,000 steps per day.

She said: “I go for a walk from the Blackpool Victoria Hospital to the De Vere hotel and back every day, and my job takes me up and down the main corridor several times a day.

“I think I was most surprised to discover that I do more than 1,000 steps each day before I’ve even left the house. I think most people would be surprised at the amount of steps they clock up without even trying.

“I’m really enjoying this challenge, and we’ve heard others who have signed up are too.

“We are so grateful to Blackpool Zoo, which has agreed to host our final walk and donate some of the proceeds back to Blue Skies Hospitals Fund.”

Blue Skies has teamed up with Blackpool Zoo, which is opening up its gates to the 10,000 steps challenge participants on Sunday 31st January for a final walk around the grounds.

Anyone wanting to complete the zoo walk can pay just £10, some of which will be donated to Blue Skies, and will receive full access to the Zoo after the walk.

Accompanying adults will benefit from a discounted entrance fee of £11.75 and children aged three to 15 will get in for just £7.95. Children under three are free.

Anyone who wants to take part in the 10,000 steps challenge should call Blue Skies Hospitals Fund on 01253 957381 or email

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