Chesterfield martial arts instructor smashes challenge to walk a million steps this month in aid of hospice
A Chesterfield martial arts instructor – who aimed to walk one million steps in September to raise money for a local hospice – has smashed the challenge.
Dave Cartawick, who owns Unit 1 Fitness and Martial Arts on Brimington Road, set himself the daunting ‘Steptember’ target in aid of Ashgate Hospicecare.
Eighteen days into the charitable endeavour, Dave completed the one million steps – which averages out at a remarkable 55,555 per day.
He has now moved into phase two of the challenge – and aims to make it to 1.5million steps!
The 55-year-old has so far raised more than £1,200 for the hospice, which is based at Ashgate Road, Old Brampton.
Generous Dave, who is originally from Chesterfield but now lives in Darley Dale, said: “I’ve got to admit, it’s not been an easy challenge – it’s been pretty relentless and my feet and legs are sore and every step hurts.
“It’s only a bit of pain, though, and I’d like to thank everyone who’s supported me and donated money to help Ashgate Hospicecare.
“It’s a fantastic local charity and we all know someone who has been in there.”
Messages of support have flooded in for Dave online.
Ashgate Hospicecare provides specialist care to patients with a life-limiting illness and their families across north Derbyshire.
All of its services are provided free of charge.
Dave and his team at Unit 1 have taken on various fundraising challenges over the years to help keep the hospice going.
To support Dave in his latest challenge, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/steptember