Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is inviting people to put their best foot forward this spring to celebrate the memories of loved ones lost.
Members of the public are encouraged to take part in the hospice’s Step Together campaign, which is asking people to collectively walk 16million steps – the total number of strides it would take to do a lap of the world – whilst raising vital funds for the charity.
Between Thursday 1 February – Saturday 31 March, the initiative will see people from across the city join forces and step together to help celebrate the memories of those no longer with us.
Those taking part can choose when and how they want to build up their step count – whether it’s walking their children to school or taking the stairs instead of the lift – and can complete the challenge as an individual or as part of a group. Each step you take will be added to the grand total, with an aim that participants will have collectively completed a lap of the world by the end of March.
Lucy Watkins, Events Manager at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, said:
Whether you’re walking in memory of a loved one or just looking for a different way to get fit this New Year, Step Together is a fantastic way to get people moving whilst doing something amazing. We really want to smash our 16m step target and hope that together the people of our city complete multiple laps of the world.
To help participants measure their strides, the charity has joined forces with Give Penny, in which walkers can connect their fundraising page to their FitBit to help track steps and donations. Alternatively, steps can be monitored via smartwatches, mobile apps or a pedometer, with the latter available to purchase from the Hospice. Walkers that raise more than £25 in sponsorship funds will also be rewarded with their own commemorative medal.
All funds raised by participants will go towards Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, which costs around £20,000 to run each day, providing vital care and support to families living with terminal illness.