10,000 steps a day can keep the doctor away says health project

Caroline Scholz
Caroline Scholz

People across the Fylde coast are being encouraged to lace up their hiking boots and take on the challenge of walking 10,000 steps every day to help raise money for quality hospital care.

The challenge, run by Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Healthier Workforce Project and the Blue Skies Hospitals Fund charity, asks people to sign up to the challenge and ask family and friends to sponsor them.

There’s no better time to start thinking about health

Caroline Scholz

The challenge aims to complement the work of the Healthier Workforce’s Workplace Challenge, which urges staff to take part in sports or physical activity at their place of work.

Money raised through the challenge will go towards enhancing patient care at Blackpool Victoria Hospital by supporting areas that are not covered or fully supported by central NHS funds.

Caroline Scholz, head of fundraising and voluntary services at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, 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.”

Anyone who wants to take part in the 10,000 steps challenge for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund or wants further information should call the fundraising office at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on 01253 957381.