In the time of COVID-19, taking care of your body is more important than ever before, where many people’s lifestyles have completely changed. Not only this, but many of those who are vulnerable are not only at greater risk, but also may find it difficult to get the help they need.
The UK lockdown has shone a spotlight on the healthcare profession, and also introduced some fitness trends, such as the ‘Run for Heroes’ 5K, which was the second biggest viral fundraiser in the UK and raised over £5m.
In this spirit, as we eased out of the UK-wide lockdown and began to welcome more employees back into the office, we named September our Health and Fitness month. This month saw our Valda Energy team take part in a variety of activities, including Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Healthy Eating Week, and our very own Lands End to John O’Groats fitness challenge.
On Friday 25th September, the team at Valda Energy participated in Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, raising money for Macmillan, the UK’s leading cancer support charity. Now, 1 in 2 people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime, and with many health professionals being concerned that during lockdown cancer patients have missed out on tests, treatments, and diagnoses, this was a particularly important year for fundraising.
The COVID-19 restrictions changed the way we hosted our coffee morning, but it didn’t stop us. Instead, we had socially-distanced servers and one-way systems. Many of our Valda Energy team baked or bought foods to sell, and we even hosted a raffle, where the winner won a cake with their choice of design, generously made by one of our team.
In total, we raised over £230 – which was over double last year’s amount. Every pound will make a difference to somebody living with cancer – so thank you to everybody who took part and made this year’s coffee morning the most successful yet.
Over the lockdown, our team have taken on similar fitness challenges, such as “Valda Energy Climbs Ben Nevis Challenge”, where we aimed to climb 1,345m to the top of the tallest mountain in the UK, just by climbing our stairs or going on walks at home. Not only did we achieve this, but we climbed 2,035m – so this time we had to set an even bigger challenge.
So, across September, Valda Energy participated in our own ‘End to End’ virtual journey, where our goal was to collectively walk, run, or cycle from one side of Great Britain to the other. This 874-mile journey started in Lands’ End in Cornwall, and ended in John O’Groats in Scotland.
To help achieve our goals, we encouraged our teams to have meetings whilst walking outside, spend lunch hours walking a local health route, and to exercise in their free time. In just 3 weeks, our team travelled a total of 1012.4 miles. We even had 6 people achieve their 25 mile badge, 7 achieve 50 miles, and one who walked over 100 miles – so well done team.