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Your Take Steps walks were a huge success

Heather says thank you to everyone who put their best foot forward this summer.

In June 2015, people from across the UK joined our second annual Take Steps sponsored walks. We invited you to organise your own walk, or join us for one of our group walks in Richmond Park and Crosby Beach.

By taking part you not only raised money for the BLF, but also awareness of the benefits of walking for lung health.

We were delighted with how many of you got involved. I want to share a few stories about some of the amazing people who took steps with us.

Jeanette PatemanJeanette's walk from Clitheroe to Four Lane Ends

Jeanette’s father sadly passed way from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 2013. She organised a 10 mile Take Steps walk from Clitheroe to Four Lane Ends with 11 members of her family and friends in honour of her father and to raise funds for the BLF.

Jeanette was really proud that her 66-year-old Mum took part and completed the whole distance. Everyone really enjoyed themselves on the walk and they raised over £1,000.

HonorHonor's red-headed wander through Richmond Park

Honor came along to our Take Steps walk in Richmond Park. She requires oxygen to manage her lung condition, but she doesn’t let this stop her!

She was determined to complete the 7.5 mile route in under 2 hours and reached the finish line smiling from ear to ear. We were truly inspired by her positive attitude and touched that she dyed her hair red especially for the occasion to match our BLF logo!

Jo StrongJo stepped back in time to the seaside

Jo is a fitness instructor for people with lung disease. She got involved in this year’s Take Steps campaign by organising an event called "Step back in time" at the leisure centre where she works and invited all her exercise class members along.

The theme was 1950’s by the seaside and members were challenged to collectively walk the distance from Great Yarmouth to Blackpool in the leisure centre hall. There were also seaside games and refreshments and the event raised over £500.

PaulPaul's pier-to-pier promenade in Portsmouth

Paul, chair of Breathe Easy Portsmouth South, challenged his group members to Take Steps for the BLF by organising a 1.4 mile walk from South Parade Pier to Clarence Pier.

Ages ranged from 2 to 83 years old and everyone completed the walk in just over an hour. One of the pier owners presented the group with a cheque on the day and they're hoping to do another walk next year!

A huge success

Sponsorship is still coming in, we are on track raise over £20,000. This will make a huge difference to our work. Thanks to everyone who chose to Take Steps to support the BLF this June.

If you’re inspired to support us or if you’d like more information about Take Steps, please contact the events team on 020 7688 5615 or, we’d love to hear from you!

Find out more about our Take Steps sponsored walks and how you can take part.

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17 July 2015