Our Marketing Executive, Rachel Maloney took on the one million step challenge for Diabetes UK to raise money for the charity.
Diabetes UK are the UK’s leading charitable funder of diabetes research in order to improve lives through pioneering research into all forms of diabetes and diabetes-related complications. The charity’s aim was to ensure that everyone in the UK could gain access to insulin, whatever their financial situation. The Diabetic Association was set up in 1934 by novelist HG Wells and Dr RD Lawrence – both of whom had diabetes. It became the British Diabetic Association (BDA) in 1954 and Diabetes UK at the turn of the millennium.
What is the Steps challenge?
Diabetes UK is holding their annual challenge where you can walk, joy, run or even dance your way to achieve one million steps from the 1st July to 30th September this year. The challenge offers the options for half a million, 1 million and 1.75 million which is the equivalent of walking to Lands End to John O’Groats.
Rachel has taken on the challenge, for the second year running, to support those suffering and their loved ones, after seeing the affects of diabetes first hand, having family members suffering from both types of diabetes. The challenge is a way to give back to a charity that does so much for so many
The challenge averages out at just under 11,000 steps per day, just under 80,000 steps a week, which is sometimes difficult with a desk job.
Just over a third of the way through and she has raised £145, completing over 900,000 steps by walks in the Lake District, rugby training and getting out with the dog.
Congratulations to Rachel on her achievement and support of Diabetes UK!
For more information on the Rachel’s progress on the Million Steps challenge for Diabetes UK.