Greener Future Star Sam

Greener Future Star

Win £25 by inspiring others to switch to greener and healthier travel habits

The Surrey's Greener Future challenge allows everyone who lives, works or studies in Surrey to earn BetterPoints and win prizes for walking, cycling and using public transport. One such prize is the 'Greener Future Star'. Sam was chosen as our latest winner and received 25,000 BetterPoints (£25) for sharing her story. For your chance to win £25, download the app via the buttons or QR code at the bottom of the page!

Sam from Epsom chanced upon Surrey’s Greener Future in the council magazine. Now, she’s using the app to motivate herself to take public transport to get to the shops, as well as complete a huge cross-country walking challenge. Here is what she had to say:

How did you find out about the challenge and why did you get involved?

“I saw the challenge advertised in the Surrey Council magazine. I don’t normally read the stuff that comes through the door, so it was good fortune really.
I signed up because it looked like a great initiative where you are effectively being paid to keep active and travel in greener ways. I like trying to do my bit to preserve our planet for future generations as well.”

Before joining the Surrey’s Greener Future challenge, what were your travel habits like?

“I would use the car 3 or 4 times a week but using the app has really made me think twice about driving. I’m using it about once a week at the moment.”

How has the app helped you? What features do you enjoy?

“I’m not especially competitive with others, but the app has made me competitive with myself. I’ll be disappointed if I haven’t done as much activity as the previous week. This will really spur me on.
The points are great. They keep ticking up day by day on the home screen. I’ve been able to cash them in for a John Lewis voucher, thanks very much!
I was diagnosed with cancer, so I’ve made a concerted effort to be fit and healthy. The app really helps with this by making it fun.”

How have your travel habits changed?

“I’m now using a lot more public transport, particularly the bus which I’ve discovered a new love for. If I’m going shopping I will use the bus to get to Guildford or Kingston. It’s £10 to park your car, compared to just £2 for the bus. Plus, you’re earning rewards for doing so. It’s a no brainer!
I’ve been walking the 1 ½ mile trip into Epsom town centre to catch the train to London whereas before I would get a taxi. I’ve been using my bike too to go to the gym, which is about 4 miles away.
I’m currently walking the North Downs Way, which is 160 miles from Farnham through the Surrey Hills and all the way to Dover. I’m managing about 10 miles a week. Whilst I have taken the car on the odd occasion, I’ve generally used the train or bus to get me to the start points and then back home again.”

What benefits have you noticed as a result?

“Being outside and active is helping to keep the cancer at bay. Plus, it allows me to enjoy my food!
I’m definitely saving money on fuel. As an accountant originally from the north, making savings is very important. Managing to do this whilst helping the planet is a win-win.”

Not yet earning rewards for walking, wheeling, cycling and taking public transport? To join Surrey's Greener Future simply download the free BetterPoints app via the buttons or QR below and tap Challenges to get started.

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