We’re asking people from across Cumbria to join us for the Diabetes UK One Million Step Challenge, to raise funds and help make a huge difference to the lives of people with diabetes across the UK.

It’s simple – take one million steps over three months, between July and September, and get sponsored for every stride.

You do not have to limit yourself to walking to complete the challenge. You could choose to jog, or even dance the steps away. But whichever way you choose to move, you will need to take around 10,000 steps a day from 1 July to reach your million-step goal.

This year’s challenge features two other options.

n There is the half-a-million step challenge, perfect for those short on time or for anyone who may find taking 10,000 steps a day difficult.

n And there’s the longer 1.7 million step challenge, for those who really want to push themselves this summer.

As well as raising money to help end the harm caused by diabetes, regular walking has many personal benefits, including increased fitness, reduced stress, and better heart health. So please, give it a try and step it up for a healthier you.

The Diabetes UK One Million Step challenge is free to register and there is no minimum sponsorship target. The event runs from 1 July – 30 September. Find out more and sign up at www.diabetes.org.uk/step.

Clare Howarth,

Head of the North of England at Diabetes UK