We’re firmly into Spring now, and what better way to celebrate than by getting out and enjoying the turn in weather! This month we’re encouraging as many people to get active as possible, with even more ways to get involved in the challenge. In May we will be supporting British Heart Foundation, as our chosen charity, and inviting our team across the group to look after their hearts by ensuring that they’re being more active.
In April we had 15 members of the team walking just one mile along Blackpool’s Promenade (albeit blindfolded!), and this month we’re asking everyone to attempt 50 miles across the month. This can be completed by walking, running, swimming, or even biking.
John Warr, our Group MD, explains why the charity is important to him:
Since the day we found out that our daughter Sophia, was born with aortic stenosis (a narrowing of a major valve leading to the heart), we have come to discover firsthand the remarkable efforts of the British Heart Foundation. They fund research, provide education, and offer support for those affected by heart and circulatory diseases – now a significant health issue in the UK, with around 7 million people living with these conditions.
As parents we much appreciated the support and information BHF provided us with via specialist nurses and helplines, in the initial years.
Over the years BHF have evolved into a charity that also promotes healthy lifestyles and prevents heart and circulatory diseases funding research into the links between lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, and smoking, and these diseases, and provides information and resources to help people make healthier choices.
As a family run business it is also important that we work with a highly respected and transparent charity, with a strong track record of using donations effectively to fund research and support. Like the Travel Village Group, the charity has received a number of awards and accolades, including being named as one of the top 100 UK charities by the Charity Commission.
I am so excited to see what we can collectively achieve during May and so this is a plea to rise to the challenge to each and one of us to do as much as we can so knowing that our contributions might one day save the lives of loved ones.
Whilst the team will be promoting a healthy, active lifestyle throughout the month; they will also be sharing information and learning techniques, such as CPR.