Okay, we’ll admit, the title is sliiightly deceiving.

If you haven’t heard, last month we took part in a charity fundraiser across our branches at Workforce.

The Challenge: to walk 10,000 steps each, every single day for the entire month of March – and raise £1,000 for our chosen charity doing so.

And we’re delighted to announce – drum roll please – we did it!

The month is over and so many of our employees, customers, friends, and family went over and above to help us achieve our goals.

Not only did we meet our fundraising target, we were also able to surpass it. At the time of writing this blog, we reached £1,078 raised with the help of all our donors. We’re sending each and every one of you a huge THANK YOU!

No matter how big or small the donation, you helped fund an amazing local cause! Speaking of our chosen charity, all the proceeds from our March fundraiser went to Springfield Mind. See more about the local charity, and a link to donate, at the end of the article.

 

In the beginning…

As soon as the challenge began, the most competitive ‘steppers’ among our colleagues were quickly revealed!

It seemed that a mere 10,000 steps a day wasn’t enough for some, as the challenge quickly became a contest to see who could complete the most steps throughout the month.

The month continued…

By the time we were a week or two into the challenge, we really hit our stride.

The hill at the end of the road didn’t seem quite as steep and we found we could walk that little bit further without getting out of breath!

The chit-chat around the office also changed. The most common phrases morphed from “anyone for a cuppa?” and “did you see my email?” into “are you going out for a walk at lunch?” and “I’m going upstairs to the loo so I can get my steps in”.

It became a part of our daily lives so quickly that I think one or two of us might even miss it now it’s over, despite the difficulty!

The challenge started to hot up…

It started as a throwaway comment but, one afternoon, Recruitment Consultant, Ollie, piped up:

“I could walk home from the office one day to get my step count up.”

What may seem like an everyday occurrence for some, was a huge feat for Ollie. He works in the Redditch office and lives in Worcester, around 17 miles away. While he was met with disbelief at first, his spirit was bolstered by his lovely wife, Bryony, who was keen to join him on the proposed 6-hour long trek!

One Friday afternoon, the eager pair set off homeward – and made it back in excellent time too – staggering through their front door just five and a half hours later!

We owe them a huge thank you as their efforts gave us massive boost towards meeting our donation target for the month. They kindly kept us updated on their travels, and we compiled this video of the best bits of their journey 👇

 

In the end…

But just how far did we walk? And what was that about New York? Here’s the facts and figures from the month…

And now, we’re all that little bit fitter, and, due to recent weather conditions, more tanned! The challenge was as good for our minds as it was for our bodies – so it’s not hard to see why so many will be continuing incorporating their walk into daily life. Well, after a well-earned rest this Bank Holiday of course!

 

More about Springfield Mind

Springfield Mind is a small, local charity dedicated to promoting mental wellbeing and preventing mental ill health within Warwickshire and Worcestershire. There are excellent mental health professionals working in hospitals and the community. However, demand is far outstripping supply and currently the NHS is only able to deliver crisis care.

Springfield Mind works to bridge this gap and has done for over 34 years. Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. For people with mental health problems not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. So, by getting people talking about mental health, we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all.

 

Didn’t get to donate last month? Our link to collect donations online is still open. Click here to give what you can – every little helps!

 

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