The Future Steps challenge sees teams from all corners of the UK compete to take the most steps across February, raising as much money as they can for The Prince's Trust. The charity provides practical and financial support to vulnerable young people, and help them to develop key skills along the road to further education, training, and employment. It was chosen last year as our Charity of the Year.
15 teams across our offices in London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham have banded together and taken part in the challenge. Sporting fantastic team names such as 'Brums of Steel', 'Scrambled Legs', and 'Unfit to Practice', they have taken an impressive 35 million steps.
Team 'Walk the Walk' led the nation's fundraising efforts, with £3,666 raised for The Prince's Trust, whilst VWV ended up in first place overall for funds raised across all competing companies.
Two members of team 'Hotsteppers' even dedicated a day's holiday towards reaching 50,000 steps each in just one day, taking some tours of Bristol's harbourside before walking around 14 miles to Bath, in one final push towards the top of the Future Steps leaderboard.
The Future Steps challenge is the latest in a long line of charitable projects we have been supporting, with regular cake sales in each office throughout the year, and even a Christmas market to ramp up fundraising for The Prince's Trust.
Abigail Evans, Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager at The Prince's Trust, celebrated the firm's efforts:
"We are so proud of our corporate partner VWV who have smashed The Prince’s Trust Future Steps challenge in every way possible! Out of a total of 672 teams taking part, VWV are top of the leader board for fundraising with a fantastic £11,659.87 raised so far. VWV’s fifteen participating teams have collectively taken 35,434,039 steps to help young people in the UK move towards a better future for themselves.
A special shout out goes to teams Walk the Walk and Hotsteppers based in Bristol, who are in the top ten teams for both fundraising and stepping! Future Steps aims to help our supporters get fit with fellow employees, have fun and raise funds to help young people transform their lives, and this is exactly what VWV has done with incredible success."