PEOPLE across the West Midlands are being invited to take on Cancer Research UK’s latest fundraising challenge, Walk All Over Cancer, to help beat cancer sooner.
The charity is calling on men and women to sign up now to walk 10,000 steps every day throughout the month of June and raise money through sponsorship.
Based on the average person’s strides, 10,000 steps equates to approximately five miles or eight kilometres per day, and adopting small lifestyle changes can go a long way in making the goal feel achievable.
Jane Redman, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson for the West Midlands, said: “Walk All Over Cancer is a fantastic way for people to become more active, with the motivation of raising money for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research. Walkers can take part on their own or challenge family, friends and colleagues to join them.
In the West Midlands, around a quarter (24 per cent) of people are getting less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week*.
“Ten thousand steps per day is quite a challenge for many people. Some of us spend our days transferring from seat to seat – whether that’s driving to work, sitting at a desk or enjoying a boxset on the sofa. By signing up to Walk All Over Cancer, participants will start to realise all the opportunities they have to squeeze in some extra steps.
“People can tackle the challenge at their own pace and build the walking into their day to day routine. By taking part this June, supporters could tread through 150 miles by the end of the month.”
From walking to work, jogging in the park or opting for the stairs, the money raised through sponsorship will fund Cancer Research UK’s ground-breaking research to help improve cancer survival.
Not only will walking help to raise money, it also comes with many added health benefits as moderate exercise can help build stamina, burn excess calories and protect against a range of diseases including cancer.
To sign up and download motivation tools including a wall chart, leader board and sponsorship form, visit www.cruk.org/walkallover