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Tuesday 03 November 2020

At the end of what seemed to be a month of rainy days, our team can look back proudly at their achievements in the 2020 Alex Picot Trust steps challenge.

Collectively they took over 10 million steps and in doing so raised over £2000 for Stroke Association Jersey.


All 35 staff committed to wear a fitness tracker during October and track their steps, they were split into two teams and the results were very close.

They were joined in the challenge by Tracy O'Regan, Stroke Association fundraising and operations manager, who contributed almost 400,000 steps to her team

‘The Red Hot Chilli Steppers’ team, lead by director, Sarah McBrearty, achieved a total of 5,121,178 steps. 

Meanwhile, the ‘Pimp My Stride’ team, lead by director, Hannah Roynon-Jones, achieved a total of 5,115,756 steps.


Chris Cotillard, director at Alex Picot Trust, said:

"Every one of our team made a conscious effort to get out and walk throughout October and this challenge certainly generated some healthy competition among the team; most importantly it encouraged us all to stay active as the days were starting to get shorter.  Each week we celebrated those who had gone the extra mile or made improvements on the previous week as motivation to keep going. 

“We are thrilled to be able to make a donation on behalf of all the team to the Jersey Stroke Association.  This charity does such important work in our community for those affected by stroke and in recent times, we are aware that their services have been hindered.  We hope that the extra boost to their fundraising can help them keep on track during these uncertain times.  Thanks to all our team, and to Tracy O’Regan, for making this a fun and meaningful challenge.”


Tracy O’Regan of Jersey Stroke Association said:

"Stroke Association Jersey are once again delighted to be working with Alex Picot Trust taking part in their STEPS challenge.  Exercise is one of the ways to help reduce the risk of stroke and improve our own health and well-being, so a great initiative.  The pandemic has affected our fundraising efforts but with the support from Alex Picot Trust we can reach more stroke survivors.  Stroke strikes every 5 minutes and is a medical emergency.  Thanks to everyone at Alex Picot Trust for ‘stepping out’ and supporting Stroke Association Jersey.”

Presenting the cheque (left to right):

Sarah McBrearty (director), Tracy O'Regan (Jersey Stroke Association), Derek Rhodes (director), Hannah Roynon-Jones (director) and Chris Cotillard (director). (12).jpg

About The Stroke Association, Jersey

Jersey Stroke Recovery Service provides practical advice, emotional support and high-quality information following a stroke. Whether you are a stroke survivor, carer or family member, we will work with you to identify and address your physical needs through a personalised plan and support you to rebuild your life after stroke.

This service offers:

  • Coordinated support throughout your stroke journey
  • Home visits and/or regular telephone calls
  • Leaflets, factsheets and information about Life After Stroke Grants and benefits
  • Help with returning to work, if required
  • Assistance with accessing local leisure, social activities and self-management tools
  • Support for carers
  • Signposting to other organisations that could help.