Darlington Building Society complete charitable walking challenge

Darlington Building Society complete charitable walking challenge

Employees from Darlington Building Society have used fitness to help raise money for charity.

The organisation invited any members of its team, who own a FitBit device, to try to increase the number of steps they do whilst fundraising for a good cause. Darlington Building Society pledged to donate £1 for every 20,000 steps took by its employees.

The idea of the initiative came from Maria Postma, Mortgage Administrator, who saw that FitBit were also running a campaign to raise funds for charity through the amount of steps FitBit owners could notch up during a set period.

A FitBit is a health and fitness watch that monitors activity throughout the day, such as steps taken, heart rate and calories burnt.

The team managed to raise total of £160 which will be donated to Heel & Toe, a charity that helps children with Cerebral Palsy & other physical disabilities.

The Society is celebrating its 160th birthday this year and is aiming to help raise £160,000 to donate to local different charities and worthy causes during the course of the year, Heel and Toe being one of them.

Maria Postma, Mortgage Administrator at Darlington Building Society, said: “It is an honour to be able to raise money for such a worthy cause. Heel & Toe’s motto is ‘small steps lead to big things’ so I couldn’t think of a more fitting charity for this fundraising.

“The challenge also helped our staff be more aware of their health and fitness and encouraged them to undertake more walking.”

Jane Long, Development Executive at Heel & Toe, said: “We are thrilled the staff at Darlington Building Society took on the FitBit challenge to raise funds for Heel & Toe Children’s Charity. The children at the charity work really hard in their therapy sessions and the DBS team reflected that by taking on their challenge raised £160. The funds will go towards providing free therapy. It is so important to have support from local businesses so we can help more children with disabilities.”

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