Wolverhampton colleagues simply tackle the health charity problem


Christopher Evans and Olivia Edge raise funds for the Mind charity

Submitted by Vistry Group

A man from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, showed himself at his best on a fitness challenge aimed at raising £ 2,500 for mental health charity Mind.

Christopher Evans, Associate Buying Director based in the Mercia region of the Vistry Group, has signed up for Smartroof’s Smartmove Challenge, which encourages participants to walk, run and / or cycle and record their distance to to achieve a shared goal of 250,000 miles.

Once it reaches £ 2,500, Smartroof’s parent company Keystone Group has committed to topping up the donation.

The father of two has also encouraged three of his colleagues to participate. With Christopher, Calum Madden, Rhea Sargeant and Olivia Edge, all based at Vistry’s regional headquarters in Dunston Hall, covered a combined 305 miles in April.

As someone who likes to challenge and push himself forward, Christopher is pleased that his colleagues have decided to support each other.

Christopher, 39, said, “Without being in the office together, it was difficult to motivate people so this was a fantastic way to bring us together. This challenge has milestones to achieve and you can set weekly goals for yourself.

“You know you have to cover a certain number of kilometers per week – rain or shine – and you can plan that.

“I logged my miles on my Garmin watch – my runs, walks, and bike rides – that are linked to my phone. I’ll upload a screenshot to Smartroof’s Smartsheet app, which will keep track of everyone’s activity. “

This challenge emphasizes the importance of exercise and its mental health benefits and has resulted in Christopher and his two children Sophia, 8 and Luca, 3 enjoying the outdoors more than ever.

“I believe that if you can keep yourself happy and healthy, your sanity and well-being will go with it,” said Christopher. “It’s been a difficult time for everyone, and it’s good to go outside and take a break – you can clear your head when you go for a walk, run or ride a bike.

“My daughter did a few runs and a bike ride with me. She is now also a member of my golf club, so we log our walks on the course at the weekend. My son has just turned 3 and we went for a long walk – he loves looking for leaves with his mother. “

Joanne Morrison, Regional Managing Director, said, “With Mind as our charity of the year, the challenges of lockdown over the past 12 months and mental health being at the forefront of the lives of our families, friends and colleagues, it is great to see Chris, Calum , Rhea and Olivia take part in a rewarding and extremely strenuous challenge.

“I hope that those of us in the region who are not so interested in extreme challenges will help by supporting the ‘Fab Four’ and donating as much as possible – go team Mercia.”

Mind is Vistry’s Charity of the Year, and colleagues across the company have organized various fundraising drives to raise funds. In addition to the Smartmove Challenge, the colleagues in Vistry Mercia are planning a raffle for Euro 2021 and, as a restriction, cancellation, games, activities and cake sales in the office.

Find out more here and donate to the Smartmove Challenge.