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An amazing ‘feet’

15 November 2016


Southend Hospital staff have been putting their best feet forward as part of the latest hotly-contested pedometer challenge, which took place over a period of two months.

And this year it was a close run (or should that be walked?) thing between the top two teams, so it was decided to have two joint team winners. Paediatric Outpatients Department Staff (PODS) and Keith's Angels, from Shopland Ward, with 3,027,500 and 2,943,691 respectively, each received a £50 voucher from Affinity Restaurant in Westcliff.

Christina Israel, a Medical Administrator from Obstetrics & Gynaecology, had an outstanding result of 568,998 steps and she won a well-deserved Reflexology voucher from The Roslin Beach Hotel, in Thorpe Bay, along with Cardiology Coordinator Zoe Wells who was most improved female stepper. She improved from the first week's steps through to the final week by a step count of 32,104 winning a pedicure voucher.

Paediatrics Outpatients Healthcare Assistant, Joshua Purkiss, had an excellent step count of 497,751 making him the male with the highest number of steps, winning a one week full membership at the David Lloyd Club along with Porter Samuel Bucknill who was the most improved male stepper. He improved from the first week's steps through to the final week by a step count of 20,999 steps.

The challenge has been run for the last six years by the Occupational Health and Wellbeing Service. There have been more teams taking part this year than any other, and the enthusiasm and team spirit has been evident throughout.

Karen Harman, Medical Secretary Occupational Health & Wellbeing Service, said: "One of the aims of the service is to promote healthy living and to offer people of different abilities across the Trust the opportunity to take part in a team event. Angela Fiore and I wish to take the opportunity of thanking everyone who has taken part in the challenge; it has been the best year yet.

"The hospital looks after the health of the public, but the health and well-being of our staff is also vitally important, so it was great to see ten teams of eight rise to the challenge as they recorded their steps both at home and work."