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30th Jun, 2022

Fitness, wellbeing and raising funds to mark Queen’s Jubilee

Rob George 1st Apr, 2022

CARING county council staff have teamed up with ‘tech for good’ platform WellGiving to raise money to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

A five-month fitness challenge has been unveiled together with the Worcestershire Community Foundation which has seen 28 members of staff walk, jog and run a total of 1,200 miles to raise funds for UK-wide tree-planting project, The Queen’s Green Canopy.

After mid-year reviews identified a need to collectively invest in the health and well-being of its team, Worcestershire County Council’s Economic Growth and Investment team enlisted the help of WellGiving to assist them with getting active and reconnecting their team through fund-raising and fitness.

Sue Crow, economic growth and investment manager, commented: “WellGiving kindly offered its platform as a way for us to do both these things, while also making a positive impact on our community, and providing us with the motivation to reach both our fitness and fund-raising goals.

“Just three months into the challenge, we’ve already clocked 24,000 minutes of exercise across 547 activities, and are on track to achieve a combined total of 3,900 miles in time for the Jubilee celebrations this June.”

Paul Rhodes, founder of WellGiving, added: “We are delighted WellGiving has helped Worcestershire County Council raise those important conversations about the health and well-being of its staff, and it has been a pleasure to support them each step of the way during their fitness challenge.

“In creating WellGiving, we wanted to help teams meaningfully reconnect with each other while using charitable fund-raising as a powerful motivator to help them meet their fitness goals, so it’s very rewarding to see the progress the Worcestershire County Council team have made, and I have every confidence they will continue to exceed their goals in the coming months.”

The challenge will run until June 3 with all funds raised going towards The Queen’s Green Canopy project.

The team plan to have a tree-planting day to celebrate their progress, creating a living legacy for future generations to enjoy in honour of the historic reign of The Queen.

The WellGiving platform, officially launched in January 2022 following a successful beta phase, is on track to raise in excess of £1million for charities across the UK, while continuing to help organisations improve the health and wellbeing of remote and hybrid workers.

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