Bought By Many customers and staff take a stroll, raising £16k for StreetVet and other charities
With the help of our customers, we have raised a total of £16,875 for charity as part of our ‘Step Into 2021’ challenge.
What was Step Into 2021?
‘Step Into 2021’, a step-based challenge, kicked off during the third lockdown on the 15th of January and ran until the 14th of February, encouraging team members, customers, and their families and friends to walk as many steps as possible while raising money for charity. Many participants pledged the steps they took as part of their daily dog walks.
In total, our customers and employees pledged to walk an amazing 7,916,636 steps in one month and donated a total of £16,875, including our own matched contribution.
We chose StreetVet, the multi-award-winning registered charity offering free accessible vet care to pets belonging to those experiencing homelessness around the UK, and Mind, the mental health charity, as its charity partners. People who took part were also welcome to donate to any charity of their choice.
Thank you from our CEO and Co-founder Steven Mendel:
“We launched the challenge to help our team and our customers feel connected during a difficult time of year and wanted to create a challenge that kept people motivated to safely enjoy time outdoors while raising money for two important charities. We also love celebrating the benefits that regular walks (especially with our dogs) can provide. I am blown away by the support we received from our pet parent customers and we hope to do more challenges and fundraisers over the coming year.”
A note from Jade Statt, Co-Founder & Clinical Director at Street Vet:
“The fundraising campaign run by Bought By Many was fueled by the publics’ relationship and love for their dogs. The pandemic has highlighted that when faced with unprecedented isolation, we find great comfort in our pets, and for many people, their pet is their lifeline. Recognition and protection of that profound bond between an owner experiencing homelessness and their pet is one of StreetVet’s key messages. Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign and helped raise such a fantastic amount”.
Victims of the UK homelessness epidemic often have scant support, except for, in a growing number of cases, the companionship of their pets. StreetVet is a multi-award-winning registered charity offering free accessible vet care to pets belonging to those experiencing homelessness around the UK. They vaccinate, microchip, treat for fleas and worms, prescribe pain relief, help fight infections, perform surgeries, and sometimes just sit and listen.
Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. Mind believes no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. Mind will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.