Companion prepares for epic Steptember Challenge for charity

August 2017


Volunteers at Companion Bathing are preparing to walk over 2,700 miles in September to fundraise for disability charity Scope.

They’re taking part in the Steptember challenge which has been organised by the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) as part of its centenary celebrations. The BHTA is the UK’s oldest and largest healthcare association with almost 500 member companies including Companion Bathing.

Challenge participants have been tasked with completing 10,000 steps every day in September. That’s a total of 300,000 steps or 150 miles per person!

Companion, which provides home adaptations including stairlifts and accessible bathrooms, has entered a team of 18 who have volunteered to pull on their walking boots for Steptember.

In total, the team will walk over 2,700 miles to complete the challenge; that’s the same as walking to Companion’s head office in Kingswinford in the West Midlands and back nine times!

Companion’s Ian Dysart is leading the challenge: “Helping people with disabilities live life to the full is something we’re all committed to here at Companion. The Steptember Challenge is a fantastic idea and we’re all looking forward to smashing the 10,000 steps daily target – we’ve even got a treadmill in the office so people can walk while they work!

“We’re a pretty motivated bunch, but we’d be hugely grateful for any support and donations that will help us achieve our fundraising target,” said Ian.

Companion’s charity walkers include Ian Dysart, Bruce Bedford, Carolyn Kilburn, Danielle Broadbent, David Harrison, Scott Everard, Steve Leach, Alister Gurr, Phil Cooke, Sarah Sutcliffe, Oliver Kilburn, Peter Childs, Darren Newberry, Jake Wills, Tom Brophy, Natalia Bailey, Charlotte Ockenby and Robert Bell.

You can follow their progress on Companion’s social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) by using the hashtag #BHTASteptember.

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During these unprecedented times, Handicare remains motivated to provide solutions and support to increase the independence of the physically challenged or elderly, to enable them to live an active life, and to facilitate for their care providers and family.

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Circumstances are changing rapidly. However, we have a robust supply chain andbusiness continuity plans which we’re reviewing regularly in conjunction with the advice and guidance from the government and public health authorities.

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We’re prioritising our ability to keep our factories operational and our teams motivated and mobilised to deliver the service level standards you expect from Handicare.

We’ve tightened our health and hygiene protocols for all our employees and taken steps to keep our factories up and running so that we can maintain ‘business as usual’ as the situation develops.

Many of our office-based employees are working from home thanks to the hard work and swift preparations by our teams. Efforts are on-going to extend remote working to as many people as possible according to priorities and to reduce the risks for people who remain on-site as well as our field-based teams.

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We currently have no major challenges. We will continue to supply and maintain our much-needed products and services for the many vulnerable people who are completely dependent on them to make their everyday life easier. We take our responsibility seriously for supporting them, particularly at a time when they’re feeling very worried about the risk to their health of contact with strangers in their homes.

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The government and the NHS are currently prioritising initiatives to free up hospital beds which can be used for patients who are unwell with COVID-19. The NHS is therefore keen to discharge patients who are well enough to go home if they have the necessary equipment to assist them.

Handicare has a large team of fully qualified surveyors who are standing by to assist by carrying out stairlift and patient handling assessments. We are keen to offer this service as it will help to free up hospital beds.


18 March 2020