Fire service marchers clock up 2.8 million steps

A team from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has walked more than 2.8m steps for March the Month as part of the organisation’s ongoing partnership with Prostate Cancer UK.

The marchers finished their month long challenge of walking 11,000 steps a day, raising awareness of prostate cancer and much needed funds.

All of the steps have now been calculated and the team have walked a combined 2,801,857 steps – an estimated distance of 1,479 miles.

The seven strong team also raised £1,700 for the charity.

Supporting charities is such a big part of what the organisation does.

Delivery Partner Manager, James Hettihewa-Young

James Hettihewa-Young, delivery partner manager for the Service, said: “A massive thank you to everyone who sponsored the team.

“The money raised by supporting our March the Month challenge will help fund lifesaving research to stop prostate cancer damaging bodies and lives. March the Month has finish for another year and raised more than £1.6 million nationally so it’s great that our team can play a part in this.

“Supporting charities is such a big part of what the organisation does to engage with local communities and we have some exciting plans for the year ahead as we see the further unlocking of society.”

If you didn’t get chance to sponsor the marchers, but still wish to, you can do so at the Prostate Cancer UK site: Men, we are with you, where you will also find information about the campaign.

Facts and figures about prostate cancer across the UK

  • Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK.
  • More than 47,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that's 129 men every day.
  • Every 45 minutes one man dies from prostate cancer – that's more than 11,500 men every year.
  • 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
  • Around 400,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer.