Saffery Champness Accountants in Bournemouth has created a team to join in the #StepUp Challenge that was launched by Bournemouth nightclub owners Ty Temel and Benjamin Banks-Reynolds, together with fitness coach Jamie Whisken, aka ReDefine Jamie.
Launched on 1st November, participants have been encouraged to complete one million steps by December 21st, either individually, as a pair or in a team. That’s an average of 20,000 steps a day!
Proceeds will go to Dorset Mind and, in particular, men’s mental health.
The 50-day #StepUp challenge follows in the footsteps of #TheJune500 challenge which was thought up by Ty, Benjamin and Jamie as a way of keeping focused during the lockdown.
It saw a community of almost 200 people each complete 500 kilometres during June with a variety of active pursuits including cycling, running, swimming and more.
Ty, Owner of Halo Bournemouth, said: “We were blown away with the feedback we received from everyone about The June 500 challenge.
“After being inundated with requests for a new challenge we feel the time is right.
“With this challenge, we want to help both ourselves and others to have a focus again during an uncertain time and have an engaged community supporting each other.”
Saffery Director, Hannah Mazrae said , “At Saffery we jumped at the chance to join in the #StepUp Challenge. We have 8 team members who have been super keen to get involved, including Alex Simmons who is averaging an incredible 30,000 steps a day. He gets up at 5.30am, walks for 2 hours and is then back for breakfast with his 7-year-old daughter before she heads to school!
“Our team is due to compete in the ‘Race the Sun Brecon Beacons’ event in March 2021 – which involves cycling, kayaking and hiking. We saw the #StepUp Challenge as perfect preparation to get fit and focused for this next team challenge.
“The #StepUp Challenge team includes myself, Alex Simmons, Henry Shirley, Collette Parry, Annalise Wareham, Maryna Lobova, Jake Walsh and our PR consultant Kate Shaw from KTPR.
“Our ambition is a team total of 7 million steps in 50 days. We’d love people to support our fundraising, for such a brilliant and deserving cause. Please visit our JustGiving page here.”
About Saffery Champness LLP
Saffery Champness LLP is a firm of chartered accountants that advises individuals and families, not-for-profit organisations and businesses across a range of sectors. As a member of Nexia International, it is part of a worldwide network of independent accounting and consulting firms.
For over 160 years, the firm’s success has been founded upon providing clients with a genuinely partner-led service and working with them to create bespoke solutions that help them to achieve their personal and business objectives. For more information visit www.saffery.com or see Twitter @Safferys