Swindon worker Ann Miller, from Arval UK, stepped up to beat breast cancer last week by taking part in STEP ON IT – a new walking challenge for Breast Cancer Campaign.
The Finance Manager walked a step for every person that will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK this year (that’s 46,000) in 46 hours while raising money for breast cancer research. She did her challenge on over 2 days in July by walking several routes around her hometown of Notgrove.
Ann said: “I am part of my company’s team in this year’s Global Corporate Challenge – a worldwide initiative to encourage office bound people to walk more. Our team leader encouraged us to take part in this campaign as we would be helping a worthy cause while giving our walking a much needed mid-challenge boost. I knew I could take 46 separate hours to complete this challenge but decided on a much harder personal challenge to do the steps inside a 46-hour period.”
She added: “It was quite hard going – particularly as the weather on the first morning was so dreadful I felt like renaming the challenge 46,000 puddles! However, I had publicly set myself the challenge so I was going to go through with it whatever the weather, although I’m not sure that my dog, Murphy, appreciated the decision! We did look a bit of a sorry sight when we arrived home after that first, wet walk. In the end I managed 28,057 steps on day one and 27,243 steps on day two – a grand total of 55,300 steps, so quite a bit past the target!”
Ann was thrilled to raise at least £100 and money is still coming in, including a donation from Arval Cares – her company’s employee charity, for taking part in the initiative and would encourage others to STEP ON IT for Breast Cancer Campaign too. She added: “I would encourage others to get involved in this challenge – it’s an enjoyable way to raise money for a very good cause and you really don’t have to do it the hard way like I did!”
Not only is STEP ON IT a simple, fun challenge but walking is great exercise that’s good for your health; it helps prevent weight gain and boosts energy levels promoting a feeling of general well being. Regular exercise is also important in reducing the risk of a number of diseases including breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, colon cancer, and osteoporosis.
46,000 steps is approximately 22 miles so if you would like to follow in Ann’s footsteps and STEP ON IT for Breast Cancer Campaign, please call the Events Team on 020 7749 4126 or visit www.friendshipwalks.co.uk/steponit.
It’s free to register and all those who sign up will receive a fundraising pack and a free pedometer to help you count your steps.
Pictured above: A very bedraggled Ann and Murphy arriving home after the first walk of the challenge