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Step 2 It

Step 2 It is the exciting new fundraising campaign by industry charity The Furniture Makers’ Company.

Have fun
Raise money
Support lives

The Furniture Makers’ Company is launched its largest ever fundraising campaign in May 2021, asking the furnishing industry to ‘Step 2 It’ and help raise £250,000 to support people from the trade who have been impacted by COVID-19.

 

Step 2 It aims to inspire companies and individuals to organise sports-based fundraisers between May 2021 – April 2022 in aid of the charity, encouraging friends, family and co-workers to join in the fun. What is more – thanks to a benefactor, every single penny you raise will be matched, effectively doubling your donation.

 

Last year our charity awarded a record number of financial grants to people from the sector whose lives and livelihoods were disrupted by the pandemic. Now we need your help to raise funds so we can keep supporting the industry.

Why take part?

Step 2 It is the brainchild of David Woodward, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, who is determined to get the industry moving for money, cycling for cash and dancing for dosh, so that we can continue to help people from the trade who need financial support.

  • Physical activity isn’t just good for the body, it is overwhelmingly beneficial for the mind too
  • The money you raise will help others like you working in the furniture and furnishing sector.
  • You can inspire others in our industry to take part and send a clear message of hope and solidarity.
  • Every penny that is raised will be match funded – doubling the value of your donation.

How to get involved

  • Host a company team building event – virtual or COVID-secure when circumstances allow
  • Complete the below Pledge form and return it
  • Plan your own individual event – and we are sure your family and friends will want to support you too
  • Start planning your own fundraiser with help from our toolkit
  • Take part in one of our online challenges
  • Sponsors

    Biesse Group

    Gold sponsor

    Blum

    Gold sponsor

    Axminster Tools

    Silver sponsor

    CDUK

    Silver sponsor

    KI

    Silver sponsor

    Lamello

    Silver sponsor

    Ocee International

    Silver sponsor

    Panaz

    Silver sponsor

    British Contract Furnishing Association

    Bronze sponsor

    British Furniture Manufacturers

    Bronze sponsor

    Celtheath

    Bronze sponsor

    Ercol

    Bronze sponsor

    Fishpools

    Bronze sponsor

    Hypnos

    Bronze sponsor

    National Bed Federation

    Bronze sponsor

    Whitemeadow Furniture

    Bronze sponsor

    The Step 2 It Online Challenge

    To keep us all moving during the COVID pandemic, we will be setting a new challenge every couple of months that solo competitors and virtual squads can tackle from home. If you plan on taking part in one of the events, please sign up using the registration links.

    July - August - Strava drawing

    Strava Art is a recent phenomenon where people use the free Strava app to create a picture by plotting the route of an activity, whether it be walking, running, cycling etc. Think of yourself as a human pencil and where you go the pencil follows. We want you create your own picture and email your finished piece to us. If you make a donation to our charity, you will be entered into our competition where the Master will judge the best picture. The winner will get a bottle of champagne.

    Register now

    September - October - Run with Ruairi

    Ruairi Giles, commercial director of bed manufacturer Harrison Spinks, is putting his best foot forward for The Furniture Makers’ Company and running the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 3 October. Over September or October we are calling on you to stand (and run) in solidarity with Ruairi and walk, jog or crawl 26.2 miles in your local area. You can do this in one go or divide the challenge into 26 runs – or anything in between. Calling on your friends, colleagues and co-workers for sponsorship is an absolute must and maybe you can make a donation to Ruairi’s total?

    November - December - 24 hours of activity

    Have you ever attempted to do anything for 24 hours straight? It is no mean feat and not for the faint of heart. Throughout November and December we are challenging you to do exactly that with any activity you wish as the real challenge here is endurance. You could choose juggling, for example, or playing video games for a solid day –  whatever you want. However, please make sure you consider the health and safety of yourself and anyone else taking part before proceeding. As with the other challenges,  you are permitted to break the time stint down into more manageable blocks, whether that be two sets of 12, four sets of six or 24 one hour slots.

    January - February - 1000 push ups

    New year, new you, goes the cliché. Well we have just the challenge that is going to push you hard and get you on a healthy track for the year ahead. This challenge will see you complete 1000 push ups across 30 days with the first week starting slow with more reps being added to your daily target each day until you hit the 1000 milestone.

    March - April - Climbing Everest

    Ever wanted to climb Mount Everest and stand high on top of the world? It’s a thrill only a handful of the world’s population will ever be able to attempt but this month we are challenging you to take to your staircases and complete the number of steps required to scale the tallest mountain in the world. Mount Everest stands an impressive 29,029 ft high, requiring an even more impressive 58,070 steps. On average, staircases have 13 steps so that is 4,467 times up the stairs, which works out as 149 times up the stairs everyday for 30 days, 112 times in 40 days, 89 times in 50 days or 75 times in 60 days.  Pick your target, get sponsored and start climbing!

    Get involved

    If you would like to sponsor the fundraiser or pledge , please contact George Cooper, marketing and communications manager, by calling 020 7562 8522 or emailing george@furnituremakers.org.uk.