SMARTER MEDIA CHAIRMAN RAISES MORE THAN £1,500 FOR CHARITY

BUSINESS OWNER RAISES CHARITY CASH
Karl Paul, the executive chairman of Swindon-based digital growth agency Smarter Media, has raised more than £1,500 for charity. What’s more, Karl has inspired his team members to get active for a good cause.

BUSINESS OWNER RAISES CHARITY CASH   - Emma Carter (left) and Charlotte Paul congratulating Karl Paul at the end of the 2021 Race To The Stones event, which has inspired Emma & Charlotte to get active and raise funds for Diabetes UK.
Emma Carter (left) and Charlotte Paul congratulating Karl Paul at the end of the 2021 Race To The Stones event, which has inspired Emma & Charlotte to get active and raise funds for Diabetes UK. 

Karl joined the Race to the Stones event running, jogging or walking 100km (62 miles) across The Ridgeway to the iconic Avebury Stone Circle raising money for a small local charity Doing it for Dan.

Doing it for Dan

Doing it for Dan was set up in memory of 11 year old Daniel Climance, killed in 2015 in a road traffic collision riding his bike in Purton. Dan was the younger brother of one of the team members at Smarter Media, Robbie.

The charity now helps young people to achieve their sporting dreams. It does so by awarding grants to individuals, teams and organisations in Wiltshire and neighbouring counties. Dan was mad about sports so the charity is his legacy, enabling others to take part regardless of income.

Karl completed the distance alongside his friend, Lance Tucker, with a moving time of 18 hours and 20 minutes. This motivated Smarter Media’s MD Emma Carter and Karl’s wife Charlotte, who is a business support administrator, to complete their own challenge for charity. They are currently taking part in the 1 million steps for Diabetes UK charity fundraiser.

Karl said: ‘Each year I aim to push myself to support others and get involved in even more challenging charity events. It was a thrill when Emma and Charlotte agreed to step up themselves and to raise their fitness levels at the same time.’

1 million steps for Diabetes UK

Charlotte, with the company for a mere two years, said: ‘Karl found the 1 million steps for Diabetes UK challenge online and thought that it looked like something Emma and I could do.’

The challenge started on 1st July. It runs until 30th September and participants can set their own targets based on steps per day.

Charlotte, who already enjoys exercising by going for a run or to the gym, tends to manage around 10,000 steps daily. So she decided to set her target at a massive 1.7 million steps to push herself. ‘I now have to do around 19,000 steps each day to hit my 1.7 million target. It’s not easy. Some days seem a lot harder than others, especially with three daughters to look after,’ she said.

Emma is especially pleased to be supporting Diabetes UK as her mother, sisters and aunts all suffer from either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Thus she’s seen the devastating effect the condition can have.

She set herself a goal of 1 million steps which means she must do at least 10,000 steps each day. She said:

‘Before this, I’d have only done as little as 2,400 steps a day. It was going well at first and I was ahead of the curve. But the weather and meetings have seen my average drop down, so I need to pull my socks up! This is a challenge that will push me physically and mentally and for me. Having a goal helps a great deal.’

To support Emma Carter and Charlotte Paul visit – https://step.diabetes.org.uk/teams/smarter-media