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.

Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 7:00 am

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.

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Dave Cartawick, who owns Unit 1 Fitness and Martial Arts in Chesterfield.
Dave Cartawick, who owns Unit 1 Fitness and Martial Arts in Chesterfield.

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

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