Glossop businesses support stepathon scheme
Friday 22nd July 2016 @ 09:00 by Adam Higgins

Butchers, baristas and bank staff in Glossop are clipping on pedometers this week.

They are all keeping fit without clocking off – and raising cash for a good cause at the same time.

It’s the latest project by Mick Owen’s WellFit CIC to support his programme of gentle exercise scheme for older people. It’s all about getting fitter, healthier and boosting their social life.

But it costs money to run – which is where the stepathon comes in.

The idea is for high street businesses to count every step they take at work this week. They are then getting people to sponsor all the paces and sending the cash to Mick to keep his award-winning scheme running.

He said: “It’s about supporting our weekly programme and getting themselves a little fitter into the bargain.

“The traders will be taking part in a challenge which will reveal who really works hardest in their shop, market stall or business, by measuring the number of steps they take while at work.”

Already signed up – and making it a family challenge – are Laura Ballington who runs Laura’s Coffee Lounge and her mother-in-law Sandra Ballington at Sandra’s Flowers, just a few doors away in Henry Street.

Laura is looking upon it as an opportunity to get together with local traders and be part of a fun competition.

She said: “It will also help older people in our community get more out of life.”

Laura’s also stoking up the family rivalry by claiming waitresses walk further than florists!

Mick wants customers to chat with the walkers and pop their name on their sponsor sheet.

The full list of participating businesses is on WellFit’s Facebook page. For more details of how to get involved or of WellFit’s weekly programme, ring Mick Owen on 07944 605508.


By David Jones