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We’re taking steps to better mental wellbeing for all, says Downham Games organiser




A steps challenge the equivalent from Downham to Tokyo – the venue of the 2020 Olympics – is under way.

Downham Games organiser Frances Rayner has launched the 14,500,000 steps challenge to promote physical activity, mental wellbeing and the work of West Norfolk Mind.

She hopes that the challenge, which started yesterday, will complete on or around Sunday, June 9 – the date for this year’s Games.

At Nelson Academy are Frances Rayner with, left, Nelson Academy PE lead Ali Cupit and, right, Leah Hoyle, whose two eldest children are at the school. Alfie has quadriplegic cerebral palsy
At Nelson Academy are Frances Rayner with, left, Nelson Academy PE lead Ali Cupit and, right, Leah Hoyle, whose two eldest children are at the school. Alfie has quadriplegic cerebral palsy

Frances said: “As the organiser of the Downham Games I feel passionately about getting the community moving. Physical health and mental wellbeing are hugely driven by the amount of physical activity that we do and we want to demonstrate that this can be as simple as walking every day and increasing the amount of steps we take as much as possible.”

And Mrs Rayner has been overwhelmed by the take-up of pedometers, with more than 800 issued in the community.

They were sponsored by Downham Tandoori, which enabled many devices to be sold at the discounted rate of £1 and some to be given to charitable organisations.

A team event is part of the month-long challenge too.

And Wimbotsham and Stow Academy, Downham Preparatory School, Nelson Academy, Hillcrest Primary and Downham Market Academy are all holding events throughout May where they will be collecting steps and also raising money for West Norfolk Mind.

Prize draws are being held for individual ‘steppers’ who go to the Games day.



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