VOLUNTEERS at a Guiseley company are walking more than 2,850 miles in September to fundraise for disability charity Scope.

Staff at Companion Stairlifts are taking part in the Steptember challenge which has been organised by the stairlift division of The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) as part of its centenary celebrations. The BHTA is the UK’s oldest and largest healthcare association with almost 500 member companies including Companion Stairlifts.

Participants are being tasked with completing 10,000 steps every day this month - to reach a total of 300,000 steps or 150 miles per person.

The Guiseley company has entered a team of 19 who have volunteered to pull on their walking boots for Steptember. In total, the team will walk more than 2,850 miles to complete the challenge - the equivalent of walking to their company's head office in Kingswinford in the West Midlands and back nine times.

Ian Dysart, who is leading the challenge, said: "Helping people with disabilities live life to the full is something we’re all committed to here at Companion. The Steptember Challenge is a fantastic idea and we’re all looking forward to smashing the 10,000 steps daily target.

"We’re a pretty motivated bunch, but we’d be hugely grateful for any support and donations that will help us achieve our fundraising target."

Companion’s charity walkers include Ian Dysart, Bruce Bedford, Carolyn Kilburn, Danielle Broadbent, David Harrison, Scott Everard, Dale Fortune, Steve Leach, Ali Gurr, Phil Cooke, Sarah Sutcliffe, Oliver Kilburn, Peter Childs, Darren Newberry, Jake Wills, Tom Brophy, Natalia Bailey, Charlotte Ockenby and Robert Bell.

The team's progress can be followed on the company's social media channels and by using the hashtag #BHTASteptember.