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Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust is inviting communities across Bradford, Craven, Airedale, Wharfedale and Wakefield to take part in its ‘Step Up! for Better Lives’ challenge to raise money for the Care Trust’s Better Lives Charity.

To support the recent launch of the Care Trust’s charity, Better Lives, the Trust’s Champions Show the Way service, which runs volunteer community health champion-led health and wellbeing activities in the local communities, is hosting a virtual steps challenge from Monday 8 June – Monday 6 July 2020.

The challenge follows the charity’s vision to create better lives by improving the physical and mental wellbeing of its patients, service users, carers and staff.  It is open to all members of the public who use the Trust’s services, along with friends and family.

Steps can be completed by running, walking, individually or as a virtual team. The Trust asks that any groups taking part in the challenge ensure they follow government guidelines surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing and exercise.

There are 10 virtual challenges to choose from, with options for all abilities, ranging from running the length of Blackpool beach – to walking the three peaks without having to travel to these sites. (please see all 10 challenges at the bottom of this press release and visit the webpage: https://www.bdct.nhs.uk/step-up-for-better-lives-virtual-walking-challenge/).

The challenge is free to enter, and individual challenges can be completed as many times as participants like.  The Care Trust encourages those taking part to ask friends, family, and colleagues to sponsor their chosen step challenge per mile, or by donating to the Better Lives Charity directly.

Paul Hogg, Director of Corporate Affairs at the Trust says: “The ‘Step Up! For Better Lives challenge’ is a great opportunity to come together as colleagues, families and friends during COVID-19 to enjoy the benefits of exercise, whilst challenging ourselves and raising money for the Trust charity, Better Lives.”

To register to take part in this challenge, as an individual or team, please contact stepupchallenge@bdct.nhs.uk. A team leader will be asked to submit the distance towards their chosen challenge on a weekly basis, and at the end of the completed challenge all participants will receive a medal to celebrate their achievement. The last date to register interest for the Step Up! For Better Lives challenge is Tuesday 2 June.

Members of the public are encouraged to share their progress on social media, using the hashtag #StepUpForBetterLives and tagging the charity @BDCFT_BLCharity on Twitter.

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10 ‘virtual’ walking challenges:

https://www.bdct.nhs.uk/step-up-for-better-lives-virtual-walking-challenge/

The Three Peaks Walk

24 miles – 48,000 steps. One of the best known and most iconic walks in the UK. This challenge can be undertaken with the confidence that the gradients of the three magnificent peaks will pose less of a ‘virtual’ strain!

Lynfield Mount Hospital to Cow and Calf Rocks

11 miles – 22,000 steps. BDCFT’s hospital to this well-known beauty spot above Ilkley.

New Mill to Malham Cove

27 miles – 54,000 steps. The Trust’s Headquarters to spectacular Malham Cove. In prehistoric times said to have been a waterfall to rival Niagara Falls.

Bradford City Park to Bolton Abbey

20 miles – 40,000 steps. The centre of Bradford to beautiful Bolton Abbey.

Lister Park, Bradford to Roberts Park, Saltaire

3 miles, 6,000 steps. A shorter route for a small team, between two of the area’s attractive  parks.

Cragg Vale Hebden Bridge

2 miles – 4224 steps. Steeped in history; this walk explores the bandit country of Cragg Vale. A relatively short walk, but is strenuous with two ‘virtual’ long, steep climbs and descents.

Blackpool beach

7 miles – 14,784 steps. Blackpool has a very long seafront and it stretches from the South and its boundary with St Annes all the way to Anchorsholme in the north. Enjoy an ice cream whilst ‘virtually’ treading the sand and listening to the waves

Derwent water walk Keswick

10 miles – 21,120 steps. Enjoy a scenic walk around Derwent water, Queen of the Lakes. ‘Virtually’ passing through ancient woodlands and along the shores of the lake with stunning scenery.

The White Rose Way

104 miles – 208,000 steps. Starting at the foot of the Black Prince Statue in Leeds City Square with the finish being South Bay, Scarborough. Going via Harewood House, the Wharfe valley and through Wetherby, a great ‘virtual’ walk for lovers of West Yorkshire.

Coast to Coast path

182 miles – 384,384 steps. For those who want a bit more of a challenge. This walk is unofficially the most un-signposted long- distance footpath in Northern England devised by Alfred Wainwright. It passes through three contrasting national parks- Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors. Suggested time to complete is 30 days at 13,000 ‘virtual’ steps per day, but ideal for a larger team to break down the steps further and the time taken to finish this magnificent challenge.

Better Lives registered charity number 1130011