Bluebird Care in UK National Walking Month Effort
Throughout May, team members at Bluebird Care’s Franchise Support Centre have been utilising the National Walking Month calendar date as an opportunity to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
Throughout May, team members at Bluebird Care’s Franchise Support Centre have been utilising the National Walking Month calendar date as an opportunity to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. The team are also hoping to raise awareness of the various benefits of walking through the initiative, such as improving cardiac health and strengthening musculoskeletal development.
Since the start of May, 18 Bluebird Care members have been committed to the challenge of walking ‘4 million steps for a healthy heart’. Stipulating that 2000 steps are equivalent to 2000 miles, team participants have been monitoring their progress through a step count feature on the YuLife app.
At this stage, the Bluebird Care team are now three quarters of the way through their journey, approaching the ‘3 million’ step mark, which would equate to the distance of the UK to Athens in Greece. Once the challenge has been completed, they are hoping to reach a distance totalling that to the pyramids of Cairo in Egypt.
Throughout their journey, updates have been provided on a frequent basis through Bluebird Care’s social media channels, letting followers of the team’s challenge know how far they have advanced, as well as the countries they are virtually passing through over the course of their journey.
Speaking of their progress so far, Katy Falconer, Head of People, said:
The ‘4 Million Steps to a Healthy Heart challenge’ has been fantastic for me so far. I ended up becoming quite sedentary during lockdown, so I've certainly found this a great reminder of self-care. It is important to keep ourselves active – not just for heart health, but for mental wellbeing too. I am lucky enough to live in an area with lots of natural beauty, so it has been wonderful getting to explore some of the local spots. I'm proud to be part of an effort that is supporting the British Heart Foundation, a charity that touches so many lives in the UK and have been of vital importance to many of our Bluebird Care customers.
Kelsey Littlefield, Accounts Assistant for Bluebird Care, reiterated these points, adding:
I am enjoying the motivation that the challenge has given me to take longer walks, despite the weather. It has given me a fantastic opportunity to take my puppy to new locations and explore the beautiful scenery in my local area. As a result of the pandemic and the tough times that ensued, it has been hard to have a reason to get up and move out of the house. This challenge has been a real game changer for my mental health, and the fact it is raising money for such a great cause has made it even more fulfilling.