Over 90 employees at First Trust Bank in Belfast have signed up to Cancer Research UK’s Walk All Over Cancer campaign to help raise money for vital research.
The staff group, which includes Head of First Trust Bank Adrian Moynihan, is urging others to sign up now and get sponsored to walk 10,000 steps a day in March.
Mr Moynihan said: “So many of us have family, friends and colleagues who have been affected by cancer and we are thrilled that such a large number of our team are taking part to raise vital funds for life-saving research.
“Office based jobs can by nature be somewhat sedentary so committing to a 10,000 step target each day will have clear health benefits for our team and forms an important part of our overall Wellness Programme.
“Whether it’s walking to work, clocking a few more steps at lunchtime or heading out for some exercise in the evening, every step helps in meeting the daily target!
“We hope that others in the business community will go the distance with us by signing up to Walk All Over Cancer and raising money to help beat cancer.”
Keeping check on the number of steps taken each day has never been easier, with many smartphone apps, pedometers and wearable activity trackers.
Andrea Kennedy, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson for Northern Ireland, said: “Signing up to Walk All Over Cancer is a great way to kick-start a healthier lifestyle, now that spring is just around the corner.
She added: “Walking 10,000 steps is equal to about five miles, based on the average person’s strides. That’s quite a challenge for many people. But adopting small lifestyle changes – from walking to work or taking the stairs instead of the lift – can help make the goal feel achievable.
“And for anyone who wants to push themselves further, there’s the opportunity to commit to 20,000 steps a day!”
In Northern Ireland, more than a quarter (26 per cent) of people are getting less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week.*
Not only will taking on the challenge help raise money, it has health benefits as well. Moderate exercise can help build stamina, burn excess calories and protect against a range of diseases including cancer.
Andrea continued: “Everyone who gets sponsored to go those extra miles will be making a real difference to the 25 people diagnosed with cancer every day in Northern Ireland **
“Cancer survival has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress – but every step our doctors, nurses and scientists take relies on donations from the public and the tireless fundraising of our supporters.”
To sign up now, visit www.cruk.org/walkallover