PEOPLE are being urged to take steps in support of a charity.

Scleroderma and Raynaud’s UK (SRUK) is seeking participants for a walking challenge this summer.

People can choose to walk any distance and wherever they like – in a park, on the streets, in their garden or even inside the house.

Money raised through the initiative will help fund research and support for those with scleroderma, which occurs when the body’s immune system becomes overactive and begins to attack healthy tissue.

The aim of the campaign – The SRUK Walk ­– is to raise at least £19,000, representing the 19,000 people in the UK living with the condition.

Sue Farrington, for the charity, said: “There is currently no cure for scleroderma.

“Through our research, information and support services we’re taking steps to improve the lives of everyone affected by scleroderma. And now we’re asking the public to also take steps – quite literally!

“The past year has taken a toll on many people with scleroderma who have been forced to shield and, in some cases, have their treatments put on hold. We want to make sure we can be there for everyone who needs us which is why we’re asking people to put their best foot forward.”

For further information about The SRUK Walk and to get involved, visit