Walking together in the sunshine for the first time in months couldn’t have been sweeter for these five friends.
Like millions of other Britons, the women – who all live in and around Uckfield – have been relishing the latest rule-of-six freedoms. But what made their initial outing extra special was that they were also celebrating being on course to raise £2,800 for charity.
The group – Lucy Lowe, lettings director at Lampon Lets, Hannah Christian who works for Lloyds Banking Group, Caroline Burchett of Brian Gow Roofing, Clair Jeffrey of Rexstone Builders and self-employed Nehal Patel – are all working mums.
They pledged to complete a month-long Two Million Steps Challenge in aid of Mental Health UK. This involved each upping their activity levels to more than 13,000 steps a day, walking, running, exercising, and even dancing, to cover a combined total of over 1,000 miles.
Due to lockdown rules, almost all of the initiative had to be completed either alone or in pairs, so the reunion was especially memorable.
“It was wonderful to finally come together knowing we’d completed the challenge and attracted so many generous donations for such a worthy cause,’ said Hannah Christian. ‘In fact, we ended up doing 2.3 million steps.”
Mental Health UK is an organisation that combines the expertise of four charities to provide information, advice and support to those affected by mental health problems.
If you would like to help boost the friends’ fundraising efforts even further, visit their JustGiving page.