As you are aware I signed up to participate in this years Memory Walk for the Alzheimer’s Society in honour of my great nan. The walk took place last Sunday and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. According to the email the walk was a total of 7km but I feel it was further!
Mum, grandma, auntie & me
Abbey Park had such a great atmosphere and I was glad to be there with everyone. Whilst walking around I came across lots of people and I couldn’t help but read their little signs on their backs. I was walking behind this young boy and his sign was in memory of his ‘grammar’ and the message was absolutely beautiful. I am sure his grammar would have been proud of him last Sunday.
I loved the route for the walk because we explored different parts of Leicester that I hadn’t seen before and it wasn’t too strenuous. It was all planned so that everyone could participate whether that was young children, the elderly, disabled people and parents with pushchairs! It was great. My only critique was the lack of signage to let you know how far you’d walked. I would have liked to have seen when I’d reached half way etc.
Despite the short distance I was really suffering with my Joint Hypermobility. My hips were extremely sore and felt like they were on fire. At one point I thought I would have to have a long break but I ignored the pain and carried on walking! I’m pleased I was able to carry on as I was doing for a family member and I didn’t want to let myself down.
It melts your heart because you don’t realise how many people have been affected by this terrible disease but taking part in an event like this really opens up your eyes. I would love to speak to anyone that has taken part in these events before or maybe you have a family member suffering? It’d be nice to meet some new people.
I try and take part in charity events whenever I can but my auntie sent me a message asking if I wanted to take part in the Memory Walk for the Alzheimer’s Society and of course I said yes. This charity is quite close to my heart because my great nan has suffered with this disease for majority of my life. Anita Simms a 92 year old war survivor, she is my German nan and a lady I admire.
Although she’s been pretty poorly for a long time and hasn’t got a clue who I am anymore she still has her sense of humour. It is heartbreaking to see her like she is as many of you will probably know if you’ve been in a similar situation but she can still crack one or two jokes sometimes.
I would do anything to give my nan her memory back so that’s why I’m raising money for this wonderful charity so they can help others with treatment.
My nan and me (December 2016)
Also I have to say that Emmerdale was pretty inspiring with their storyline with Ashley Thomas. I was gripped, emotional and could relate to it all especially when I’ve seen those living with my nan acting similar. Watching that whole storyline really made me want to do something for the charity and now I am doing it!
I am not asking for sponsors but it would be lovely if you would not for me but for all of those that have suffered and are suffering and will suffer.
Today was the day, today we had to tackle 10k at Markeaton Park in Derby and wow it was hard. The turnout, the weather and atmosphere was great, it was definitely a day to remember. If you are considering doing Race for Life, do it without hesitation and even get a big group of friends together, you’ll love it.
I did the race with my friend Rachel, we took part 6 years ago and only did 5k back then. I’ve got to say, this year it was really difficult and it felt like it was never going to end however I am really happy I did it.
We started off running and then my asthma decided it wanted to say hello, the joys of being asthmatic. My joints were causing me havoc as well, I honestly thought my legs were going to give in as my hips were in absolute agony. Again, worth the pain.
I thought it was brilliant the way Tom from Capital FM kept everyone going with his spirit and cheering people on as they were coming up to the finish line. He gave us the final push we needed so thanks Tom!
Oh also, thank you to the volunteers at the event today handing out water and those pain au chocolats, they were incredible to eat after using up all of my sugar energy.
It was a fantastic day and I am really looking forward to taking on bigger challenges. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me and supported me through this. The whole day and fundraising has been a huge success.
In January I decided to take on the challenge of doing a 10K run for Race for Life during the summer. Well the date is approaching, I only have three weeks left which feels a bit surreal because I will admit that I’m not ready for it. I mean I can walk that but run? Pfft no. I have been training and changing things though just to prepare me for the race however being an asthmatic and having Joint Hypermobility Syndrome makes things a little difficult. My aim is to run though so I will try and prove my body wrong!!!
This was me 6 years ago doing Race for Life with Rachel.
I love that picture, it shows how great it was to do Race for Life and to be honest it also saddens me as I was so slim back then (okay not so slim but a hell of a lot slimmer). I look back at this and it pushes me to carry on and not give up on something I want to do. It also lets me appreciate the trainers I have now, those ones are horrendous.
If anybody would like to sponsor me, even if it is just £1 as every £1 will help save a life then I have popped the link below. I would be over the moon as I’m just £45 away from reaching £300 which will be £100 over my target.
Race for Life donation page
Thank you xxx