ISS step to it

19 August 2014        

ISS team photo

Our corporate partner, facility services provider ISS, has raised over £14,000 in the fight against heart disease after completing a month-long pedometer challenge.

Over 70 teams from ISS were challenged to walk the virtual distance between London and Copenhagen, the base of their global Head Office, from the 2nd June – 29th June. The route stretched approximately 775 miles, equating to around 1,636,800 steps per team of six.

The challenge

Teams were allowed to wear their pedometers Monday to Sunday at work, home and during physical activity to help them reach their target. At the end of June, three quarters of the teams managed to virtually reach Copenhagen. Over 430 staff members took part in the challenge walking a total of 136,122,380 steps!

The teams also faced internal targets; these, included the first team to ‘reach’ Copenhagen, the highest fundraising team, best team name and photo, and individual recognition for the team member who walked the furthest. Nicola Osborne, Cleaning Team Leader, took the title for furthest individual distance, walking 906,242 steps throughout June.

Steve Workman, Corporate Responsibility Director at ISS, commented: “The pedometer challenge was a great activity for our staff and we are thrilled with how much everyone raised. It was the perfect opportunity to get our staff to think about how upping the number of steps you take in a day can have a huge impact on your health, whilst raising money for a fantastic cause. We are delighted by the efforts of everyone involved and are so pleased with the money we have raised to help the British Heart Foundation continue its fight for every heartbeat.”

Amit Aggarwal, our Head of Corporate Fundraising, said: “We are thrilled to have the dedicated support of ISS. Together staff have raised a fantastic amount through the pedometer challenge and have done something positive for their own heart health. The funds raised will help us our life-saving research into coronary heart disease – the UK’s single biggest killer, giving hope to heart patients and their families across the UK. I can’t thank ISS enough.”