February 2023 Charity Challenge: Fifty In Feb

Posted on: Thursday 2nd February 2023 by Jess Clayton

February Charity Challenge

Following a great start to the year, raising support, awareness. and nearly £500 for Prostate Cancer UK; Team TVG are taking on another charity challenge in February.

We’re doing Fifty In February for Mind, the Mental Health Charity. At the Travel Village Group the mental and physical health of our team are of paramount importance to us; and never more so than during the very busy months of Peaks.

Group Content Manager, and challenge organiser, Jess Clayton said:

January was a really great start to the year, running the distance of a marathon during the month; however, running is not for everyone. Should it be a challenge? Absolutely. But, we want to ensure that the challenges we support within the business are achievable by as many people as possible, which is why for February I’ve selected a challenge that can be taken up by anyone in the Group. I want to get as many people moving from behind their desks for at least half an hour each day, and taking a moment to think about how beneficial it is to take a break from work.

The Travel Village Group is a firm believer in actions to encourage good mental health. In 2022 Adele Barnacle, our Group Operations Team Leader, attended a course to become certified as a Mental Health First Aid Champion for the Group, ensuring that there’s always someone in the business to talk to confidentially. Speaking about the challenges the team are undertaking, Adele had this to say:

At the Group, we promote “Five Ways to Wellbeing” and one of the five is “Be Active”. Exercise makes us feel good. Whether it be a short walk, playing a game, dancing or running. Find the activity that suits you and this will impact your wellbeing massively.

The charity challenge has 3 options:
Run 50km throughout February (recorded using Strava)
Walk 50km throughout February (recorded using Strava)
Do 50 squats every day in February (that’s 1400 squats!!!)

Taking up the challenge in February are:
Running 50km: Jess Clayton, Group M.D. John Warr, and cruise expert Lisa Ramsay.
50 Squats a Day: Group Marketing Executive Lilli Medlicott, Holiday Village travel experts Heather Tarrant, Maria Hedley, Kirsty Van Wyk and Susan Hilton (and Jess Clayton again!).

Mind state that conversations around mental health are finally starting to change. But there is still a long way to go. In fact, in 2023, suicide will still be the leading cause of death for men under 50.
By making a donation to Mind, you’ll be helping raise money that will make a huge difference. To get people the support they need, when they need it. £20 could help run Mind’s online peer support community Side By Side for an hour, helping people connect with others and feel less alone. £30 could help Mind’s Infoline answer calls, giving people vital support. £100 could pay the cost of one of Mind’s Infoline or Legal Line advisors for a whole day. With your support we can help ensure that Mind’s advisors are ready to answer calls for help and comfort.

To support the runners on Team TVG, and send a donation, you can find the links to donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/team/TVGMind
Or to support our exceptional squatters, please click on their name: Lilli Medlicott | Heather Tarrant | Maria Hedley | Kirsty Van Wyk | Susan Hilton

Thanks everyone for your support! Keep an eye out for the next challenge!

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