FIND OUT ABOUT THE NORTH EAST BETTER HEALTH AT WORK AWARD

20th Jan 2021

The North East Better Health at Work Award recognises the efforts of local employers in addressing health and wellbeing issues within the workplace.

The award scheme is FREE, flexible and open to all employers in the North East, regardless of size, location or type of business.

The County Durham Award is managed and delivered by the Pioneering Care Partnership, funded in County Durham, the delivery of the BHAWA is funded by Durham County Council, working with Public Health and the TUC.

Case Study: Crescent Homecare Team Mighty Hikers 

In October 2019, as part of the Better Health Award we decided that we would like to participate in an event to raise money for charity, raise awareness around a health issue and improve our own health and wellbeing. After many discussions we came to the decision that we would take on the Macmillan Northumberland Coast 26 Mile Mighty Hike 2020.

On further reflection we realised that this was not going to be a ‘walk in the park’, and as one of the team stated ‘the furthest they had walked was to the garden gate and back’. As a group we made a plan and decided to meet every second Saturday. Our very first walk took place on Saturday 26th October 2019 and we managed to walk 7.85 miles which took 2 hours and 14 minutes. Our reward was a lovely coffee from our local coffee shop (skinny latte) of course!

Other employees from Team Crescent joined us on our walks when they were able to do so.

Throughout the year we held fundraising events so we could raise cancer awareness and in February 2020 held a Macmillan Coffee Morning for the community, we had a raffle, tombola and displayed information on cancer awareness, we raised a total of £1200 for Macmillan Cancer support which is a fantastic amount for a small community.

Throughout the winter months from October 2019 to March 2020 we walked, very dark early mornings and come rain, hail or shine Team Crescent were out and about. We all supported one another when the going got tough and every one of us was totally committed. By the time March 2020 arrived we were all walking at least 16 miles every other Saturday and also doing a shorter mid- week walk on a Wednesday evening of 5 miles. Then on 23rd March 2020 the country went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we were unable to continue with our group walks which we were enjoying so much. We continued to do individual walks as part of our exercise but without the other team members it wasn’t quite the same. We recommenced our training sessions in June 2020 when the lockdown restrictions were eased, but then received the disappointing news that the Macmillan Mighty Hike which was due to take place on 4th July 2020 had been postponed until 19th September 2020. We were all still very hopeful that the hike would go ahead but then in July 2020 we received more disappointing news, due to the safety of the hikers the Mighty Hike had been cancelled for 2020. We were all very conscious of the huge impact COVID-19 and the lockdown was having on charities across the UK and decided that we would walk our own 26 mile mighty hike; we had received so much support and sponsorship that not doing it was not an option.

On Saturday 19th September at 6.30am we set off on our journey complete with first aid kits, spare walking shoes and socks, you name it we had it in our rucksacks! Every step we made we remembered loved ones, family and friends lost to cancer and that gave us the motivation and drive to complete.

We completed the 26 miles in a respectable 7 hours and 10 minutes and it was the best feeling of achievement. We raised a grand total of £3678.20 for Macmillan Cancer Support as well as raising awareness along the way.

WHAT NEXT?

We have all enjoyed the past 12 months; it has improved our fitness and mental wellbeing so much. Team Crescent have decided to continue with our walking group. Our next challenge, we have all decided to do it all again in 2021 and walk another 26 miles for our chosen charity of 20/21 Willow Burn Hospice. We will be holding fundraising events for the next 12 months and will raise as much money as we can along the way.

All activities and photographs took place within COVID-19 government guidance. 

To find out more about how to get involved with the North East Better Health at Work Award please email Karen.stubbings@pcp.uk.net

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