PEOPLE in Redditch and Alcester are being challenged to kick start 2021 by taking steps to support Cancer Research UK.
The charity is urging locals to complete 10,000 steps every day during March.
The sponsored walks will aim to get the charity’s life-saving research back on track following a tough year of disruptions with Covid-19.
Paula Young, Cancer Research’s spokeswoman for Worcestershire, said: “Fundraising has fallen and, right now, future research is at risk.
“That’s why we’re urging as many people as possible to make ‘Walk All Over Cancer’ their New Year’s resolution.
“We hope that 2021 has a more positive outlook; why not give yourself a boost by committing to get more active?
“There’s plenty of time for supporters to start building up to the challenge and planning new ways to fit in extra steps.”
Based on the average person’s strides, 10,000 steps is equal to around five miles.
So by the end of March participants will have clocked up more than 150 miles.
Paula added: “It sounds a lot. But with small changes such as walking while on conference calls, exploring local beauty spots or treating the dog to a month of extra-long walks it can be done.”
Keeping up to date with the number of steps taken is easy to do with smartphone apps, pedometers and wearable activity trackers.
And Walk All Over Cancer is now integrated with FitBit, meaning participants can automatically publish their step count on their fundraising page throughout the month.
Around 32,100 people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the West Midlands and Worcestershire.
Visit http://cruk.org/walkallover to sign up and receive a free fundraising pack with tips to help with the challenge.
Use #WalkAllOverCancer and tag @CR_UK when sharing walks on social media.