Step all over cancer this March

Walk over cancer this March

Mon 22 Feb 2021

Success of walk all over cancer this March

Last month we asked you to take part in 'walk all over cancer this March' and you have absolutely smashed it by committing to 10,000 steps a day and all together raised £1,437.72 + £285.25 Gift Aid. We would like to say a huge thank you and well done to everyone that has taken part and helped out in any way possible for life-saving research. 

You can still donate to this great cause on Derby Active just giving page

Let's join the Country this March, and take up the challenge to 'walk over cancer'

Over March we are asking our Derby Active members, staff, friends and families to help us support Cancer Research by walking 10,000 steps each day, whilst raising money. 

To take part: 

1. Commit to 10,000 steps a day

2. Sign up for free to the Derby Active just giving page

3. Get going with your steps

4. Raise money for life-saving research. 

So let's join Cancer Research in the ultimate challenge for a healthy lifestyle

 Let's help people like Val, who is one of our Derby Active Members. 

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"When the lockdown was announced, I was devastated. Two years before I had been diagnosed with breast cancer and after working really hard with my City of Derby Swimming  Club and all the instructors at Derby Arena, I was finally back to full fitness after all the treatment and operations.

My physical and mental health is definitely intrinsically linked, so entering lockdown was going to be a challenge having lost access to both pools and gyms. Having been in a pretty dark place with the cancer diagnosis, there was no way I was going to let my physical and mental health slide backwards. So, I swapped swimming for running and started using the C25k NHS app, which was a brilliant choice for maintaining cardiovascular fitness. Eventually, after much sweating, swearing and complaining, I was able to run a 10k. As a nice bonus, I lost a stone in weight, not sure how as I seemed to be eating all the time!

Then Derby Active started online classes using the instructors that we all know and love. Making time for these classes was really important and it was good to be able to communicate with the instructors and classmates over Facebook live. Communication with others m even in this limited way, is extremely important to keep everybody sane".

Val Thorpre, Derby Active Member 

With Walk All Over Cancer, you're in control and just getting out of the house for a walk can do us the world of good. There are huge health benefits when you commit to 10,000 steps a day.

Walking can improve fitness
Regular walking can help you maintain a healthy weight, burn calories and help tone muscles.

Walking is a COVID-safe activity
Outdoor activities are a safe way to exercise in the current climate. Always check the government guidelines(link is external) before you head out. 

Walking is good for our mental health
It’s the perfect way to zone-out and rid yourself of any daily stress. Plus, the exercise-induced endorphins will leave you feeling better than ever.

Walking can help lower blood pressure
Being active can help lower blood pressure and your risk of heart problems in the future.

Derby Active will be posting on social media throughout the challenge motivation messages and we hope that you will join us in sharing your story, as together we achieve the challenge. 

If you feel 10,000 steps a day maybe a little too far, please still join us, as every step will count. 

Find out more about the Cancer Research Walk All Over Cancer Challenge here.

So, take up the challenge today and Join the Derby Active just giving page