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One hour's walk goes a long way as Redditch firm helps the NHS

Ross Crawford 14th May, 2020

STAFF from across the entire Solid State Plc group have completed a walking challenge to raise much needed funds for the NHS.

The aim was to jointly walk or run the equivalent of the length of England in just one hour of exercise; a total distance of 556miles.

The challenge took place last Thursday and as each person completed their hour long walk or run, step counts were submitted and compiled into a rolling tally at the electronics firm, which has its headquarters in Redditch.

After 1,250,000 steps the finish line was crossed at 2pm, and as counts continued to roll in, the eventual combined total was an incredible 1,451,600 steps, the equivalent of 645 miles.

The aim was to raise £2,500, but this figure was quickly surpassed with the total now standing at £4,383.05. Solid State Plc will match this sum bringing the total raised to nearly £9,000.

Chief executive Gary Marsh said: “In such extraordinary times the pressure on the NHS is colossal.

“The front-line workers every day, are doing such an incredible job, that we wanted to do our bit to help.

“My colleagues across the entire group have risen to this challenge with enthusiasm and determination, and the generosity of everyone who donated has been astounding.

“It is with pleasure that the company will match these donations pound for pound.”

Based in Redditch, Solid State employs over 200 staff across the UK with a branch office in the USA, serving specialist markets in oil and gas production, transportation, medical, construction, security, military and field maintenance.

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