A postman from Braintree who lives with Type 1 diabetes is taking part in the One Million Step Challenge for Diabetes UK in a bid to raise awareness of the condition and show how walking is a great form of exercise.
The event takes place between 1 July and 30 September, and invites people to push themselves out of their comfort zone, by taking one million steps over three months and getting sponsored for every stride.
It will take David Burkett at least 10,000 steps a day to reach his million, but David is planning to put in double the effort and complete 2 million steps in the three month challenge.
David, 35, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2000. He said: “As a postman I walk a lot every day, so I wanted to set myself more of a challenge. This means I have to average just under 22,000 steps, every day for 92 days.
“I’ve worked out that I will have walked around 950 miles by the end of the challenge.”
David has been busy pounding the streets in preparation for the event and hopes that people will sponsor him, or even be encouraged to get walking themselves.
Teresa Strange, Diabetes UK Eastern Fundraiser, said: “People can walk it, jog it or dance it! There is so much choice about how people can achieve one million steps. We’re really grateful to David for joining #TeamDUK to help raise vital funds to help people living with diabetes.
“Every penny raised will help us to support the millions of people living with diabetes in the UK so please give generously to back David and support his amazing effort.
“You can take on the challenge alone, or better still, get your family, friends and colleagues involved. You can even split the million steps between a team to make it easier.”