Team Ward Puts Best Feet Forward in New Year Fitness Challenge

Ward pedometer challenge winners

Ward kick-started the New Year by inviting staff to step up and take part in a month-long team Pedometer Challenge this January as part of its 2023 ‘Let’s Smash Some Goals’ initiative.

Focusing on positive physical and mental health and supporting social value through fundraising for community groups and local charities, the Pedometer Challenge kicked off 12 months of activity planned throughout the year. The results have highlighted some impressive team and individual performances across the business.

Each participating team member was given a pedometer to record the steps they took during January a dedicated ‘Pedometer Champion’ logging the results on a daily or weekly basis. Each member’s stats then contributed to a collective step total for their team, with the top performers enjoying weekly prizes and treats.

The average number of combined Ward steps for January was 623,440, or a daily average of 5,238, which is impressive considering the participating teams were those in office-based roles.

The Donald Ward House Sales and Purchasing team took the top spot, followed by Clancey’s in York and the Accounts teams stepping into second and third place, respectively. HR/Payroll, Transport and IT followed in fourth, fifth and sixth spots.

The Challenge also highlighted some impressive individual performances with Caroline Young, Export Administrator at Donald Ward House, clocking up over 20,000 steps every day, while Tony Garbett, Artic Driver at Ilkeston, constantly achieved over 80,000 steps every week.

Katie Brown, HR Manager at Ward, said: “We’ve been really impressed by the performances of all the team members involved. We are committed to safeguarding the physical and mental wellbeing of every staff member, and this has been a fun way of encouraging everyone to start the New Year off in a healthy and active way.

“In addition to kicking off our goal-smashing year, we’re hoping to make the Pedometer Challenge a regular fixture in the events calendar so more staff can get involved while enjoying some healthy competition.”