Energy and Environment Assistant Tracy Gwynne has set herself a huge challenge, walking 1.7 million steps –the equivalent of Lands End to John O’Groats – in memory of her friend and colleague Sara McGown, who lived with diabetes from a very young age.
Her fundraising effort is part of the One Million Step Challenge by Diabetes UK and Tracy plans to take approximately 20,000 steps a day for 92 days from Ist July to 30th September 2020. This will mean getting up early, going for a walk around her local area, walking to and from work and then stepping out again later in the evening.
Tracey has developed plans to help ensure she meets her ambitious target. She explained: “I have to stick by a strict schedule as when I am at work I’m based at my desk for 7.5 hours every day. I am not sure of all the places I will be walking yet but it will be in and around the Stirling area so any suggestions will be greatly welcomed as I don’t want to get bored, pounding the pavements the same way all the time. If you see me out and about, please give me a wave.
“Sara never let her diabetes get her down, and I am undertaking this challenge not only in her memory but also to support all family, friends and colleagues who are dealing with diabetes on a daily basis. There are 4.8 million people living with diabetes in the UK, the complications of which lead to over 500 premature deaths a week.”
You can support Tracy’s challenge by donating to her fundraising page at https://step.diabetes.org.uk/pages/tracy-9 , or if you prefer, sign a sponsor sheet. Even a single £1 donation will make a difference.