Members of Interserve Healthcare’s on call department have started 30 continuous days of exercise as part of Sweatember – an exercise challenge in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Sore feet and worn out shoes are expected by the end of the month-long fundraising event, in which participants are required to complete some form of exercise every day for the whole of September. The challenge is organised by Cancer Research UK to help raise vital funds for their research and to encourage people to try out, or get involved in, new sports and activities.
This year on call manager Aimee Pearson, on call deputy manager Faye Hale, supervisors Emma Gillard and Holly Tinsley and community programmes consultant Alan Kennedy will be walking, cycling or running every day during September.
The team has set themselves an ambitious total target of completing 500 miles. This is the same as completing nineteen full marathons or walking around the M25 over four times!
As part of the challenge, each team member is aiming to cover an equivalent distance for a journey from Interserve Healthcare’s head office in Telford to one of the company’s many UK branches. Aimee will be covering the distance to Nottingham; Faye and Emma will be aiming for Greater Manchester; Holly is taking on South Wales and Alan will be covering a massive 185 miles by foot – the distance from Telford to the Tees Valley branch.
Holly, who participated in the fundraiser last year and clocked up just over 117 miles, said:
“Sweatember is a great challenge as you can really push yourself or just focus on enjoying getting out and being active. It’s all about committing to doing something every day.”
The team has set up a fundraising page at
All the money raised will go straight to the charity and UK taxpayers can opt to include Gift Aid add 25p for every £1 donated. On call manager Aimee said:
“We’ve set ourselves a fundraising goal of £150 but we’re hoping that our friends, families and colleagues at Interserve Healthcare will get behind us to help us smash our target.”
If you are interested in participating in Sweatember, or would like to learn more about Cancer Research UK and its work please visit – https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/get-involved/find-an-event/charity-challenges/sweatember.
Photo caption: Interserve Healthcare’s Sweatember team (left to right): Faye Hale, Emma Gillard, Alan Kennedy, Aimee Pearson, Holly Tinsley