Colleagues from Halton Housing recently presented staff at local hospice Halton Haven with a cheque for £5,000 after completing team challenge ‘Halton2Halton’, which saw teams from Halton Housing complete a virtual walk to Halton, in Ontario, Canada.
The virtual challenge provided a fun and engaging way for colleagues to stay active, connected, and motivated, all while raising funds for the hospice, which provides such a valuable service to the Halton community and beyond.
The virtual walk saw over 100 Halton Housing colleagues head across the globe on land, from Cheshire down to London, before heading across the English Channel and through Eastern Europe before trekking all the way through Alaska.
Those taking part in the virtual walk then followed the US/Canadian border before the final push heading through the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, down to Ontario, to complete the 24,301.2km journey.
In all, colleagues clocked over 36 million steps, passing through 23 milestones along the way, before finally reaching their destination in Canada.
When Halton2Halton was launched, a housing association in Halton, Ontario, spotted the challenge on social media, contacted Halton Housing, and have been keeping in touch throughout the time to lend their virtual support.
Later this month, colleagues from Halton Housing will be meeting with counterparts from Halton Community Housing Corporation in Ontario for a virtual welcome to Canada during a special Zoom call.
Since completing the challenge, Halton Haven Hospice have been presented with a cheque for £5,000.
Eleanor Smith, community fundraiser at Halton Havel Hospice said: “What an amazing thing to do for Halton Haven Hospice and our community.
“We count ourselves incredibly lucky to have Halton Housing as such strong supporters of the Hospice and we are so grateful for everything that they do for us.
“This donation will make a huge difference and we know how much effort (and how many steps!) everyone who has taken part has put into this.
“So, on behalf of all those whom this money will help, I’d like to say a great big ‘THANK YOU’ for completing this challenge.”
Picture: Halton Haven nurses with Karen Lopez, Learning and Development officer; and Molly Case, digital marketing apprentice
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