The leader of the opposition at Ealing Council, Liberal Democrat Councillor Gary Malcolm is now just days away from completing his challenge of doing a minimum of 10,000 steps a day in October to raise money for Shelter, a charity which campaigns and provides help and advice for people needing housing or facing homelessness.
Councillor Malcolm, who represents Southfield ward has already hit more than 300,000 steps by the week three point and told EALING.NEWS that he had to overcome some issues which say more than 10,000 steps a day but not hitting the higher numbers he previously did.
He said: “I struggled to get large numbers of steps in the middle of the week due to transport issues and I was not able to get to places quickly as usual so that I did not have the free time to walk as much. At the weekend I did a lot of steps to try to make up for lost steps earlier in the week. I did this by going for a walk in central London and did window shopping and walking around a museum which gets lots of steps without trying too hard.”
Councillor Malcolm said he is also getting close to his target of raising £200: “I have raised about 70% of the target but want to get as much as possible.”
While Councillor Malcolm has done much charitable fundraising in the past, he says this is the first one for Shelter and a first time doing a step count. “It’s been very fun,” he revealed.
And any highlights so far? “You can work out how long it takes to walk say from Acton to Shepherds Bush, about 30 minutes, as I walk quite fast.”
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