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Mathew sets 1,000,000 steps target

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Mathew sets 1,000,000 steps target

A fundraiser has decided to make every step count as he aims to walk 1,000,000 in May to raise funds.

Originally Mathew Crawley, who lives in Newton Le Willows, Merseyside, had been set to take part in a white collar boxing event, but with that now postponed indefinitely Mathew has decided he doesn’t want to wait to raise funds, which he is be doing in memory of a friend.

Mathew said: “I wanted to do something worthwhile while in isolation and though that 1,000,000 steps in May would be a great opportunity to keep active while making sure that sponsorship would get to the people that it can help at a desperate time.

“One of my good friends Trev was in your care prior to his passing last year. I want to give something to express the gratitude that his family and friends felt during a time as your support was vital.”

All of Mathew’s steps will be taken in accordance with the government’s social distancing guidelines, and he expects to complete most of them in his own home.

His work colleagues from the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) have also agreed to support his efforts, which he says means the grand total of steps is likely to be well over 1,000,000.

Lizzie Cross, the Hospice’s events fundraiser, said: “Mathew has certainly set himself a big challenge to conquer, 1,000,000 steps in just a month will be no mean feat.

“We’re so grateful that Mathew has come up with a new way to support us at this time, the money he raises will help us continue to provide our services to those most in need.

“Thank you, Mathew.”

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