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
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
"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."