National Walking Month at the Community Foundation

May 2017 is National Walking Month, a campaign to promote the benefits of walking and to get everyone walking, no matter what your level of fitness is.  Walking is simple way to maintain a healthy heart as it is fun, flexible and free. However there are also many environmental benefits in helping to reduce the CO2 emissions of a car.

The Community Foundation cares about the local environment and the health and wellbeing of its staff, and is encouraging staff to walk to work. For some this may mean jumping off the metro one stop earlier or for others it could be parking slightly further away from our offices.

Katie Wellstead, Principal Advisor, Environment at the Community Foundation says:

“Since moving to Philanthropy House in 2015 we have been looking at ways to reduce our carbon footprint, and encourage healthy lifestyles for our staff. Earlier in the year we planted an apple tree on site, and we have been educating staff about the benefits of growing their own fruit and vegetables by holding a potato growing competition.

“We have also recently installed a pollution kit to monitor if Gosforth High Street is severely affected by the high level of traffic as a main route out of Newcastle. National Walking Month is our latest initiative at the Foundation, and we hope to encourage staff to drive less and walk more.”

Since 1 May 2017 the Community Foundation has walked a collective total of 1,158miles, the equivalent of walking from Philanthropy House in Gosforth to Bologna in Italy, home of the Bolognese sauce.

For more information about the Community Foundation’s sustainability plan visit

Posted on 25/05/2017 @ 3:39 pm
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