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Step 2 It graphicThe Furniture Makers’ Company’s new Step 2 It fundraising campaign will launch on 1 May where you can decided how long the sponsored run lasts.

Emma Delea, FIRA International business development manager Phil Reynolds, SATRA divisional manager – furniture and floorcoverings will be running along the River Stort in Harlow, Essex.

Starting off at 5km, the pair have committed to add an additional 5km to their distance for every £500 in sponsorship that they receive, up to a maximum of £4,000, constituting 40km: almost a full marathon. 

‘The Step 2 It campaign inspired me to step up and support the industry in which I have worked for over 20 years – this is an opportunity to help those in our sector when they need it the most. While I am not new to running, the thought of a potential marathon in less than a month is daunting, but for Phil probably terrifying. That said, we are prepared to dig dip and ask the industry to do the same,’ says Delea.

‘I am so pleased to support this initiative, as it has a double benefit, not only supporting our furnishings industry, but also improving the health and welfare of those taking part. I know from personal experience that getting out and exercising has a huge benefit for mental health, and so to combine that raising funds for our charity means so much to me,’ says Reynolds.

‘With many of us having led more sedentary lives than normal over the past year, we’re hoping Step 2 It will encourage the trade to get active by organising COVID-compliant events that bring people together and promote the charity’s work while raising funds. Thank you to Emma and Phil for supporting the campaign and coming up with a novel challenge to kick off Step 2 It. What’s more, thanks to a generous benefactor, every donation they receive will be match funded, giving you double the reason to Step 2 It and sponsor their fundraiser,’ says David Woodward, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company.

Sponsorship can be made through www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Emma-Phil-Keep-on-running