Midlands businesses are being asked to ‘step out’ in support of a local charity next month and raise awareness of domestic abuse. The Haven Wolverhampton wants firms to collectively take one million steps during October to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Any activity is welcomed, so long as the steps are counted and added to the charity’s overall tally.  There is also a 6,000 step community walk in aid of The Haven on Saturday, 8 October, which starts and finishes at the Molineux Stadium, for those who prefer to join in with an organised event.

Jade Secker, community fundraising officer for The Haven, said: “Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a perfect opportunity for us to deliver a powerful and united message that any form of abuse is completely unacceptable.

“We started with the idea of a sponsored walk, but then it grew and we set ourselves the ambitious, but also fun, challenge of clocking up one million steps.  It may sound a lot, but with health experts recommending we all complete around 10,000 steps each day, that overall total will soon add up.”

Supporters can do whatever kind of activity or challenge they want to, but suggestions include going for a run, climbing a hill, using a step machine or cross trainer at the gym, or even ditching the lift and using the stairs at work for a month.

More information and registration for the community walk is at www.havenrefuge.org.uk/walkamillion.

The Haven provides practical and emotional support to women and children affected by domestic abuse and homelessness so they can move forward and rebuild their lives.

One Million Steps for The Haven is being held in partnership with Wolves Community Trust, building society the West Brom, Wolverhampton City Council – Healthy Lifestyles and Signal 107.