Join the Turn2Us IPA Step Challenge!
Did you know that the average person takes just 3,500 steps a day?
To celebrate the start of 2023 and our new charity partnership with Turn2us, we’ve stepped up and walked 10,000 steps each and every day from 30-January-13th February.
As the cost of living crisis deepens, just 10,000 steps a day and £100 raised for Turn2us by each participant will help those in need get the support needed – we’re inviting everyone to join the challenge now by simply taking part in the challenge over 14 days.
Why take part?
A step challenge is a great way for you to push yourself and feel healthier, by simply increasing the number of steps you take in your everyday life. You’ll also be raising vital funds to help those in the face of financial crisis. What better way to start 2023 than with a more active lifestyle!
Step up to the challenge and raise money for Turn2us to help people like Aneita.
“To go through life constantly thinking about money is a horrible way to feel and no one wants to feel like they just have to get by – you just want to enjoy life.”
- Check your steps at the end of each day (just before bed) and log them on your tracker sheet.
- If you are tracking steps using a Pedometer, wear this all day, every day during the challenge. You can also wear your Pedometer cycling, running, playing football or doing other physical activities.
- You will need to register with Stephanie Miles and Annie Tett in order to take part in the challenge.
- Each individual is responsible for recording their steps and reporting them to Stephanie at the end of the challenge. Please email to StephanieM@ipa.uk.com.
- If you are unwell during the challenge, your average number of steps taken on a daily basis during the rest of the challenge can be added to your total.
- By taking part, you are committing to raising at least £100 to help reach our fundraising target.
How to reach your step target
- Organise a lunchtime walk with colleagues, or a walking meeting in the fresh air. You’ll feel refreshed and be much more productive afterwards!
- Take the stairs instead of the lift/escalator.
- If you’re in the office, walk to see a colleague at their desk instead of phoning or sending an email.
- Walk on the spot whilst on a phone call.
- Get off the bus a stop early.
- Park further away from the office or, even better, walk to work if you can.
- Take the dog out for an extra walk, or ask if you can borrow a friend’s.
- Organise a weekend walk with your friends or family.
- Park further away from the supermarket or shops. You could also use this is a great excuse to go on a shopping spree.
Ask friends and family to sponsor you an amount for every 10,000 or 100,000 steps you take, or pledge to donate an amount once you reach your target of 140,000 steps.
- You can set up your own JustGiving page to make it easier for people to sponsor you. You can follow this link to find a step-by-step guide of the process
- Once your JustGiving page has been created, you can send your page link to friends, family, colleagues and other contacts by email. You can also use social media appropriately to ask for donations.
- You can organise bake sales, raffles, dress up or down days, or something else to support your fundraising.
- We have resources available to support your fundraising efforts including t-shirts and collection tins. Please email Annie.firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
Health and safety information
- Choose comfortable, supportive shoes such as running, walking or cross-training trainers.
- If you’re going for a longer walk, warm up with stretching exercises and include a cool-down period to reduce stress on your muscles.
- Maintain a brisk pace. You should work hard to keep up your pace, but still be able to talk while walking.
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after walking.
- Walk in well-lit areas where it’s fairly busy. Tell others if you’ll be walking alone.
- Be careful of traffic.
- Wear reflective clothing if walking in the dark.
- If you have any health conditions or are concerned about your health or fitness, check with your doctor before doing any new activity.
If you need any help, support or fundraising materials, please contact either:
Stephanie Miles: StephanieM@ipa.uk.com
Annie Tett: Annie.email@example.com
- What do you/each team have to do to successfully complete the challenge?
You will need to take a collective total of 140,000 steps during the challenge period of 14 days. Please aim to raise at least £100 during this time.
- How many steps do you need to take?
You need to take at least 10,000 steps each day during the challenge and a total of 140,000 steps by the end of the 14 days.
- How many steps are there in a mile?
There are approximately 2,112 steps in a mile, meaning that each day you will be walking a little under 5 miles.
- How do I get sponsored/raise money?
You will need to create a JustGiving page for the challenge. Once created, you’ll be able to share this link with colleagues, friends and family to get donations.
- How can I pay in cash donations?
If you receive any cash donations, please bank them using the following bank details:
Bank Name: Lloyds
Bank Address: 179 Earls Court Road, London, SW5 9RE
Beneficiary Name: Elizabeth Finn Care t/a Turn2us no.2
Sort Code: 30-92-83
Account Number: 00097831
Please make sure you include your name and ‘IPA Step Challenge 2023’ as a reference. You can also let us know how much was raised by logging the amount as an offline donation on your JustGiving page.
- How do I track my steps?
You can track your steps using either a pedometer, a Smartwatch or Smartphone.