This post is a little bit (a lot) delayed but I’ve been waiting on some official photographs, but it seems like these may have been lost, so I thought I’d just upload this post today rather than leave it any longer!
A few weeks ago, I did something I haven’t done since I was at school – a sponsored walk. Back in my school days, we seemed to be doing sponsored walks all the time. We’d be given a form to hand round to friends and family, then we’d do a few circuits of the school field to raise money; although I can’t remember what for.
I was approached less than a week before this walk was to take place and asked if I would like to be involved. I’d been thinking for a while that I’d like to do something like this but after hurting my Achilles earlier this year I didn’t want to do one of the sponsored runs that are so often held in case I damaged it again, however, a walk seemed achievable.
There were two options – either 3 miles or 8 miles. I used to walk about 3 miles a day from the train station to my old job, so I didn’t feel that would be enough of a challenge to ask people to give money towards, so I signed up for the 8 miles along with my best friend Carly.
The walk itself was to raise money for Macmillan. If you haven’t heard of Macmillan, they’re a charity that provides assistance and support to those whose lives have been affected by cancer, whether they be the sufferers or the relatives of those with the disease. My mum had cancer a few years ago and – thankfully – beat it, but I’ve lost several other loved ones to cancer and I’ve seen what incredible work Macmillan do. They are honestly like angels walking on earth.
The day of the walk was a little on the dreary side – heavy grey skies and rain, but that wasn’t going to stop us, although one of the Macmillan team told us that lots of people hadn’t turned up, which I thought was a little disappointing. However, they supplied us with Miles For Macmillan t-shirts and poncho’s to keep ourselves dry (I didn’t wear my poncho in the end, but it was great that they thought of having them there for us, just in case!)
The walk itself was held in Hatfield Forest. I’ve never been there before but it’s a lovely place to go for a walk – I can imagine when it’s sunny, it’s beautiful! A definite bonus for me was the amount of cows there – we saw loads of them! In fact, some of the directional signs had been knocked over/stolen by the cows, so the Macmillan team had to go round before the walk and make sure they were all there!
All in all, it took us dead on 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the 8 mile walk, which we’re pretty pleased with as we weren’t rushing at all, we were just having a nice walk through the countryside and a chat! It was a great day and the ‘Macmillan Mile Makers’ (who are dotted along the course) were lovely, offering support, kind words and – at some points along the route – sweets!
In total, we raised £192.25 – £150 will support one woman through her battle, so it’s great to know that we’ve managed to achieve that for someone. (Don’t forget, you can still donate up to 3-months after the event by visiting www.justgiving.com/lilliesandlove).
The Macmillan walks have been supported by Boots this year, who footed the bill for all the walks and merchandise etc, meaning that Macmillan could take 100% of the donations raised. HOW incredible is that? Good work Boots, fantastic!
It was such a fun day and I was so proud to receive my medal at the end; it’s now hanging proudly on the end of my bedstead in my room.