People across Lancashire are being given a healthy mission for the New Year to raise money for a local hospital charity.
Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, the charity for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has joined forces with the Trust’s Healthier Workforce Project and is launching a 10,000 steps challenge for January.
It is asking for supporters across Lancashire to sign up to the challenge and get sponsorship to achieve a total of 310,000 steps throughout the month.
To help boost participants’ final steps, Blue Skies will organise a walk at the end of the month, after which certificates will be sent to those who complete the challenge.
Head of Fundraising and Voluntary Services, Caroline Scholz, said: “January is a month for recovering from the indulgence of Christmas and New Year, so there’s no better time to start thinking about your health. We’re asking people to commit to trying to achieve 10,000 steps every day throughout January.
“There are a lot of people who probably walk nearly 10,000 steps, or even more, through the course of their working day. In the hospital alone we have groups of people who walk up and down the main corridor several times a day.
“We will be providing participants with a list of walks which are free to carry out in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre and the average amount of steps they take to complete. We hope as many people as possible sign up to help boost their health and raise money for a very worthwhile cause.”
Every penny raised through the Blue Skies 10,000 steps challenge will go towards enhancing patient care at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The challenge aims to complement the work of the Healthier Workforce’s Workplace Challenge, which encourages staff to take part in sports or physical activities through their work.
Anyone who wishes to take part in the 10,000 steps challenge for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, or would like more information, should call the Fundraising Office at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on 01253 957381.
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