Last year’s Stoptober marked the start of a nationwide roadshow which began in Salford. The roadshow featured over 30 awareness-driving events at towns and cities across the country and coincided with Rory Coleman’s challenge to run 28 miles a day for 28 consecutive days – pushing the Stoptober red wheel at various sites throughout.
As part of the launch the roadshow visited Barnsley on 13th September and Rory Coleman, who beat his ten year 40 a day habit to go on to complete over 760 marathons, brought his inspirational story to local people.
The roadshow started at Barnsley Football club and made its way to town via the Metrodome.
Members of the Calderdale service rallied support for Stoptober at special events at the Woolshops Shopping Centre and Calderdale Royal Hospital.
Throughout Stoptober the Calderdale stop smoking service offered drop-in sessions to help people who have taken on the challenge and continue with their quit attempt beyond Stoptober. Free NRT was available to anybody who signed up to stop smoking during the month.
To encourage GP surgeries and pharmacies to get involved the service ran a Stoptober display competition, which asked anyone with a special display for Stoptober to send in a photo. Displays were erected in any space they could accommodate and it wasn’t about the best display but more about the effort of raising awareness of Stoptober.
Stop smoking adviser Jan Spence said, “It was really nice to see how the resources we had sent out had been used. Staff at our Resource Centre based at School House, which supports our work, put a lot of hard work putting packs together for all our campaigns including Stoptober and never get to see the final results. By running the competition the team have had had an opportunity to see what GP surgeries and pharmacies do with the resources.”
In Sheffield people were encouraged to call into the Quit-Stop at 39 Charles Street, just off Pinstone Street, to speak to the Sheffield stop smoking service, who were on hand ready to offer information about Stoptober and support they provide all year round.
The service teamed up with Sheffield Wednesday Football Club (SWFC) to help people who want to quit smoking by offering free match tickets as part of Stoptober. First team goalkeeper Arron Jameson visited the Quit Stop to launch the incentive and meet the team and members of the public getting ready to quit.
The Stoptober roadshow visited Wakefield town centre on Sunday 22nd September. Representatives from Castleford Tigers were on hand to help advisers from the Wakefield stop smoking service encourage local people to sign up.