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Medway children take steps to a healthier life

19 July 2017

Children across Medway have been praised for their efforts to walk more each day during a national campaign.

Seventeen schools and academies took part in Medway Council’s Walk2Count Challenge, which was held during national walk to school week and supported by the KM Charity Team.

In Medway, 34,286 walked journeys were made by the children. The KM Charity Team’s figures also show that due to the children’s efforts, 13,967 cars were removed from Medway’s roads as a result of Walk2Count. 

Three schools awarded

Medway Council presented awards to the primary and secondary schools with the most completed walks, as well as the most improved school compared to the previous year. St Margaret’s C of E Junior School in Rainham has been awarded the primary school winner, The Victory Academy in Chatham took the secondary school title, and Hempstead Junior School was recognised as the most improved school.

Schools across Medway are also involved in the Walk on Wednesday (WOW) initiative, which encourages families to walk to and from school on Wednesdays. This has resulted in 66,286 cars off the road in Medway this academic year.

Walking is fun and environmentally friendly

Cllr Phil Filmer, Portfolio Holder covering Travel Safety, said: “Medway Council has been working hard to reduce its own carbon footprint and has been encouraging residents to do their bit too. It is great to hear that so many children across Medway took part in the Walk2Count Challenge. Walking to school can be fun and is environmentally friendly too.

“The council’s Safer Journeys Team will continue to work with schools throughout the year to support walking and cycling initiatives, and to help improve safety on the school journey.”