Veterans and family members of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment are taking on a challenge of walking 10 Million steps during the month of May.
The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment Veterans Charity have taken on the colossal walking challenge to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice and Marie Curie.
The former soldiers have pledged to contribute to a group total of at least 325,000 steps per day in order to achieve the target.
Stan Bamber MBE, Ambassador for the QLR and Community Ambassador for Derian House, is one of the veterans lacing up his walking boots to take part.
He said: “The challenge is going very well, all of the veterans are doing their upmost to maintain the ultimate aim of 10 million steps and hopefully do even more for our charities.
“I have been walking 3 miles a day and I’m 73! Most of the soldiers taking part are in their 60s or older so completing this challenge will be an incredible achievement for us all.
“We are delighted to support the wonderful children, families and staff at Derian House, our local children’s hospice.”
Derian House Children’s Hospice provides respite and end-of-life care to more than 400 children and young people from across the North West.
Mick Croskery, Community Fundraising Manager at Derian House, said: “For many years, Stan has been a fantastic ambassador for the children and young people at Derian House Children’s Hospice. Stan’s commitment to this challenge is a great example of how dedicated he is to our cause.
Not only will the challenge raise much needed funds for the hospice but the activity will raise a huge amount of awareness too.”
The care provided at Derian House is free for families, but services cost £5million to run every year. With only 12 per cent of funding coming from the government, the charity relies heavily on the generosity of its supporters and fundraising challenges.
“We’ll be supporting Stan and his fellow members of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment every step of the way,” Mick added.
Joe Horvath, Chairman of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment Veterans Charity said: “The thought of walking 10 million steps is mind-blowing.
“However, in team effort mode it can be achieved with some hard work, dedication, and determination and all within the current lockdown rules.”
The daily running total is displayed online on the group’s fundraising page.
You can follow their progress and sponsor the challenge here: