Leeds Hospitals Charity has recently launched the “Step for your NHS” fundraising challenge, trying to encourage patients to see exactly how much a nurse does on a day-to-day basis. Read on to find out more about the “Step for your NHS” challenge, and see how you can get involved.
Why do our steps matter?
On average, a nurse will do more than 10,000 steps in a single 12-hour shift. By taking part in “Step for your NHS”, you can get a better idea of the sort of physical exertion that a nurse is put through on a daily basis. This is without adding the mental strain of the job into the equation. By ‘making your steps matter’, you could help raise all-important funds whilst getting a better understanding of what exactly a nurse goes through.
How many steps should you do?
This comes down to your personal preference. After all, we’re all used to different levels of exercise. You could aim for 20,000 steps, or one for each member of NHS staff at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, where the drive is based. You could also complete 30,000 steps to match the average working week of an NHS nurse, or really push yourself and do 190,000 steps. This is the same as a hospital porter, one of the hardest walking jobs in the NHS.
What if I’m not in Leeds?
The vast majority of people reading this won’t be in Leeds, but that’s no excuse to do nothing. Your local NHS trust is always on the lookout for donations, and this can make the perfect challenge for anyone who wants to raise awareness about the hard work being done by nurses across the country, all whilst raising money for charity. There’s nothing stopping you from taking part in “Step for the NHS” from Arbroath to Penzance and giving a little bit extra to the NHS Trust that helps to keep your local hospitals in fighting condition.
If you want to raise money for the NHS, all whilst getting fitter, take the first step of thousands today.