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Monday 06 March 2017

As well as raising funds for two Jersey charities, an inter-office steps challenge has resulted in enhanced health and well-being of our staff during the month of February.

We went head-to-head with staff from Alex Picot Chartered Accountants in a month-long steps challenge to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease Association and The Jersey Stroke Association.

We're proud of the 46 individuals who each averaged around 11,000 steps daily to achieve a combined total of 14 million steps in just 28 days and generate a donation of £3,000 split between our chosen charities.

Tracy O'Regan, Fundraising and Operations Manager for Stroke Association Jersey, said:  "It is estimated that every year there are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK. That's one stroke every five minutes. The Stroke Association in Jersey are delighted to have been involved with the Alex Picot and the Steps Challenge. Through this partnership, we were able to help people to understand the link between high blood pressure and stroke.

“High blood pressure does not present any symptoms and many people have no idea their health may be at risk. We estimate up to half of strokes could be prevented if people took steps to control it through diet, exercise or medication. Staff at Alex Picot Trust and Alex Picot Chartered Accountants have been incredible – they have all engaged in the Stroke Association’s Know Your Blood Pressure event by learning more and having their blood pressure checked.

“The vital funds raise through the Steps Challenge will help to fund the Stroke Association’s Stroke Recovery Service in Jersey – a service dedicated to local stroke survivors and their carers.”