Published on June 11, 2020

During May, Hart Learning Group (NHC & Hart L&D) took part in the #HLGWalkingChallenge. An activity to encourage staff to participate in daily exercise during the lockdown.

The challenge was to virtually walk 5,346 miles to San Francisco from Stevenage with sponsors donating to our Charity of the Year, Garden House Hospice Care. Over 40 members signed up and each week miles were accumulated, with updates on how far we had reached on social media.

By the end of the month, the staff managed to collectively walk 6,136 miles, which took us as far as Brazil! We raised a total of £1,299 for Garden House Hospice Care.

Community and Engagement Manager, Heather Almond said:

“We were delighted to have so many staff get involved, a little bit of healthy competition seemed to spur everyone on, and we are over the moon to have raised so much for Garden House Hospice. We’re so proud of everyone’s efforts and generosity, we are now thinking about the next fund-raising challenge!”

Take a look at the leader board to see how many steps each group did during the HLG Walking Challenge:


Staff Group Steps
Childcare, Health & Social Care and IT 2,524,828
Student Services 1,178,460
Marketing & Communications 975,269
ECC 899,391
SMT 860,933
Hair, Beauty & Catering 790,891
Hart L&D 789,310
Management & Principalship 573,504
T&L, Quality and Student Exp. 567,834
Exams 499,390
Access/HE Science 482,681
ALS 460,558
MIS 373,129
Hitchin Admin 365,991
Supported Studies 355,696
Business & Travel 351,845
Maths & English 151,149
HR 71,826


A special mention to Sarah Ball, Head of Curriculum for Hair, Beauty & Catering, who topped the individual leader board, walking an impressive 522,065 steps.