Employees from York-based Johnsons Nurseries, one of the UK’s largest commercial nurseries, have together walked nearly 7,000 miles as part of a company challenge for Move More April, raising over £1k for Kidney Research UK, the largest kidney research charity in the UK. 

Move More April is an annual celebration that encourages individuals to move more and sit less in their daily lives. Johnsons Nurseries employees involved in the challenge raised £1,046 for Kidney Research UK, surpassing their £500 target, and totalling 6,934 miles in 30 days. 

Forty members of staff at the nursery pledged to walked 100 miles each during April, in support of the charity, which funds cutting edge research into the prevention, treatment and management of kidney disease. 

The winning team, Daffodil, walked a huge 2,057 miles between them. The team was comprised of Terry Cooper, Chris Edgar, Rob Forrester, Steve Morton, Vicky Newell, Chris Pitwood, Ellie Richardson, Matthew Swales, and Mark Weatherill. The top five employees all walked over 300 miles each, with Martyn Osbourne, senior nursery supervisor, walking a whopping 618 miles in total. 

Other staff members taking part included Matt Campey, Terry Cooper, Marcin Czajkowski, Kata Dacre, Adam Davis, Chris Edgar, Matthew Falokun, Aaron Ferraiolo, Rob Forrester, Tom Gillam, Ed Greaves, Sarah Greenwood, Harry Helman, Rebecca Hill, Freya Lamacq-Wigham, Paul Lawrence, Michael McConachy, Steve Morton, Steph Newell, Vicky Newell, Dmytro Orlov, Rolanda Peleckiene, Filipo Pellizzon, Sarah Perry, Chris Pitwood, Adrian Price, Matt Reid, Hannah Reilly, Ellie Richardson, Paul Richardson, Rachael Richardson, Rob Richardson, Levi Riley, Louise Roberts, Ashley Robinson, Gary Sutton, Matty Swales, Tom Watkins and Mark Weatherill. 

Sales estimator, Hannah Reilly, who played a big part in organising this year’s challenge said: “I’m so proud to be able to give back to this brilliant charity, which is so close to our hearts, with kidney disease having impacted my family, as well as our transport manager Matt Campey. 

“Well done to all those who took part. It has been overwhelming to see the incredible efforts of our staff in supporting this wonderful charity.” 

This is the third walking challenge the company has organised during Move More April, having previously raised £736 for Cancer Research in 2022 and £550 for Perennials, the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping those working in the horticulture industry, in 2023.