The Paragon Move-athon

The Paragon Move-athon

Earlier this month, in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Week, the Paragon Project Trust launched their first internal fundraising campaign. Mental health awareness is something we are very passionate about at Paragon. Lockdown and the wider impact of Covid-19 is affecting the entire world, so we wanted to do something positive for our staff, their families and loved ones. 

Aptly titled the Move-athon in homage to the Mudathon which has, for obvious reasons, been postponed until 2021. The aim of the challenge was to encourage staff to get outdoors, get active and take a break from their screen whilst working from home or on furlough. We set a target mileage of the distance between our offices and back which is 1,060 miles in total; from Edinburgh to Manchester to Bristol, London and Esher. 

The combination of competitive spirit tracked through a Strava leaderboard, generosity and a spell of Mediterranean like weather contributed to a very high engagement rate from the Paragon troops. So much so that we upped the target halfway through the two-week challenge to 3,180 miles (the equivalent of three loops of all our offices and back). By the end of the challenge we had achieved just over 3,600 move miles. This ranged from pram walks to swims in the North Sea (Jamie March) and everything in between.

This was a fantastic collective effort from the Paragon team, and it was great to see our staff and their families outdoors doing exercise in various shapes and forms. The Move-athon also raised vital funds to support local charities that are currently in desperate need. The Paragon Project Trust and LandAid identified a charity to support from each regional office. Click here to see how our staff’s involvement and donations are helping those in need.

Written by Paul Arthur

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