On average, an intensive care professional will walk at least 12,000 steps during a shift. During the pandemic this rose to an unimaginable 30,000 steps a day. For most people, that's over 20km per day.

This Intensive Care Week we’re asking you to step into the shoes of an ICU professional and match the number of steps they’d do on a normal shift, or, if you’re looking for a real challenge a pandemic one.

Are you ready to step up?

This June we’re challenging our supporters to take on 10,000 – 35,000 steps a day, beginning on Monday 6 June until Monday 4 July.

Increase your fitness, boost your strength, and enjoy summer come rain or shine whilst feeling connected to nature, friends and loved ones. Earn Intensive Care Society shoelaces and walking kit when you hit fundraising milestones. Connect your Fitbit and Strava through your JustGiving page to log your distances and keep everyone informed.

We’re with you every step of the way, whether you’re taking on the challenge alone or creating a team – everyone is welcome!

How it works

Our step challenge, Step Up to Support Intensive Care co-insides with Intensive Care Week – a week designed to draw attention and awareness to all the brilliant people working in ICUs across the country. This year we're asking our supporters to join in with the week and show their appreciation.

Step 1: Choose your distance and get registered.

Step 2: Build a team – If you don't want to take on the challenge solo then assemble as many friends, colleagues, neighbours, loved ones and dogs as you can to join you in stepping up to support intensive care.

Step 3: Put on your favourite running or walking shoes and learn how to use your step counter, whether that’s on your phone, mapping the journey online, a pedometer or our favourite, using your smart watch.

Step 4: Plan your fundraising and see what’s an achievable target – see what you’ll need to do to hit it and aim for the incentives. We would love to see as many of you in our shoelaces as possible! 

Raise £200 to receive our limited-edition Intensive Care Society eco-friendly polyester shoelaces
Raise £400 to get our shoelaces and a branded eco water bottle
Raise a huge £600 to receive all of the above, plus our branded running vest or T-shirt

Step 5: Get moving – connect with your team and keep each other up to date with how you’re doing. Use handy online mapping tools like Komoot or Google Maps to find new routes, interesting sights to see and ways to get your step count up. And don't forget to connect your Fitbit and Strava!

Step 6: Keep moving and keep inspired – remember, you’re taking this on to show your appreciation for those who care for the sickest of us. Don’t forget to track your distances, keep friends updated and drum up support. If you’re struggling, we’re here to help. Don't forget to tag us in your social media posts, so we can share your progress with our community! You can find out how below.

Step 7: Have an amazing time and get connected with others! The past few years have been difficult and although this challenge echoes the efforts of intensive care staff during that time, we want it to be a celebration, and inspiring for everyone.

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Some things you might need

Share your steps on social media

Whether you're taking on the challenge solo, or you've assembled a big group to get involved with you, make sure you take plenty of pictures of your efforts to share on social media and show friends at loved ones that you're stepping up to support intensive care. Of, if you'd prefer, download our Twitter or Instagram cards to use instead.

Don't forget to tag us at @ICS_Updates and use the hashtags #Step4ICU and #ICUWeek2022, so that we can share your pictures with our whole intensive care community!

Intensive Care Week 2022

From 6-12 of June 2022 is the second ever Intensive Care Week, celebrating intensive care as a specialty and all the brilliant people who work within it.

It marks our 52nd birthday and is a perfect opportunity to show off all the excellent reasons to choose intensive care as a career.

Keep an eye on our social channels - you can find us at @ICS_Updates - to hear from our members throughout the week.

Learn more