SEP charity fitness challenge

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SEP has completed a 10 week fitness challenge which saw 22 members of staff competing across three teams, to travel the furthest and secure a charity donation from SEP.  Weekly walking, running and cycling distances were tracked and participants also submitted photos of their fitness journeys, giving other employees an insight into their activities and sharing some beautiful countryside scenes throughout the summer of the UK staycation.

The challenge helped boost morale during ongoing Covid-19 restrictions with many staff reporting that they felt the physical and mental health benefits of both the additional exercise and enhanced connectivity with colleagues.

The winning team, which consisted of David Sneddon, Tim Ankers, Rose Steele, Matthew Marshall, David McEntee, Katrina McCall and Catherine Simpson accumulated a total of 4191km, beating their closest rivals by only 24km. The team chose to split the SEP donation across three worthy causes: Maggie’s Glasgow, which provides crucial support to individuals and families affected by cancer; the STV Children’s Appeal, which supports the 1 in 4 young people in Scotland living in poverty; and finally, West Lothian Riding for the Disabled Association which provides equine therapy to children and adults with disabilities.

Commenting on the fitness challenge HR Director Rachael Williamson said, “There was really positive response to this fitness challenge.  It was a great way to unite staff with a charitable purpose while also helping to improve health and wellbeing and we are delighted to be able to support three different charities doing valuable work within Scottish communities”.

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