Walking event

Nurses’ Steps

A month-long challenge walking in the footsteps of a nurse

Event details

Can you and your family walk in the footsteps of a children’s hospice nurse, every day for a month? Challenge yourself to walk 7,000 steps a day in February, in support of your local hospice nurses.

Location: Virtual
When: Wednesday 1st February 2023
End: Tuesday 28th February 2023
Event type: Treks & walks
Nurses Step's logo with tagline saying: Step up for Chestnut Tree House

About the challenge

You can complete your steps however you like, whether you’re a pavement stomper, mountain hiker, countryside rambler or casual ambler. Step up to help children and families make magical memories together.

- The challenge: Walk 7,000 steps a day and get your family and friends to sponsor you!
- Costs: just £10 per person, £20 for one adult and an unlimited number of children or £30 for two adults and an unlimited number of children.

A nurse and child strolling through the Woodland Walk at Chestnut Tree House

What you’ll get

- Everyone who signs up will get a pair of exclusive Chestnut Tree House shoelaces to help keep you on track.
- When you’ve completed your challenge, we will send you a well-deserved medal – to say a big thank you and highlight what a real difference you’ve made!
- We also have family fun activity sheets and a fundraising help pack available once you've signed up.

Did you know…

Our hospice nurses walk over 7,000 steps a day when caring for local children and young people with life-limiting conditions at the hospice and in their own homes.

  • The equivalent of walking up The Gherkin 7 times
  • It’s about the length of 53 football pitches
  • It would take you about 70mins of continual walking to reach 7,000 steps!
Frequently asked questions
  1. Register from just £10 and we’ll send you your Chestnut Tree House laces
  2. Download your fundraising pack, set up your Just Giving page, tell everyone about your Nurses’ Steps challenge and get fundraising!
  3. Join our Facebook Group and talk training tips with our community of Chestnut Tree House walkers
  4. Lace up those trainers and step up for Chestnut Tree House and local children and families in need of hospice care. You can do this, step by step.

Yes please, your registration fee helps to cover the cost of putting on the event, and everything you fundraise goes toward helping children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. We’re asking if you can fundraise £70 or more so we can continue to provide much needed support.

Chestnut Tree House supports children like Jacob who has Global Development Delay, his Mum, Elaine explains what the hospice means to them: I don’t know what life would be like without Chestnut. It would be awful. It would feel like something had been cut out of us. In many ways, they are our lifeline.”

Need help fundraising? Our friendly fundraising team are on hand with top tips and to help you every step of the way, get in touch if you’d like any fundraising help.

There are plenty of ways you can hit your daily target – rack up the numbers by walking all or part of your commute or school run, taking the stairs instead of the lift at work, going for a family walk at the weekend, or even giving the dog a month of extra walks

Don’t panic if you have an off day or a day off! You could always make the steps up on a nice weekend walk – or make up the numbers across the next week.

We’re proud to be making this event fully accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

  • If you’re a wheelchair user we recommend using an odometer, which will track your daily distance – and you can convert this into ‘steps’, 1km = 1250 steps.
  • If you don’t think you can manage 7,000 steps a day – get in touch and let us know how you want to adapt the challenge to your ability.

Every step you take makes a big difference

Your registration fee helps to cover the cost of putting on the event, but your fundraising is what really counts! Helping children make magical memories with family and when the time comes, say goodbye in whatever way feels right for them.


could give a bereaved family a group session with a family counsellor after a child has died


could help pay for a nurse to visit to a child in their own home


could give a family a relaxing overnight stay at Chestnut Tree House