Some of you maybe aware that I am currently in the process of fund-raising for two amazing charities; The British Heart Foundation and The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. I wanted to give you all an update on whats going on so far.
I have been counting my daily steps and cycling on the exercise bike in the garage to build up my miles. First of all I did the distance from Bradford to Newcastle, we’re now doing Newcastle to Liverpool. From there we are going to do the distance to Bristol and from Bristol we are doing the distance down to Lands End. In total I am doing 660 miles. I aim to have this done by March 20th!!
Some of you are probably thinking this post is a little different to my usual blog post about Disability and you are right, it is different.
However, what I need to tell you all is that I was born with Congenital Heart Disease. Who knows, this might have been the cause of all my Disabilities. We will never know.
One of the reasons why this challenge is hard for me is my curved spine. I have Scoliosis. The top half of my spine curves outwards and almost touches my shoulder blade. It leaves me in pain and means I have to take tablets on a daily basis. Once a month I go for a sport massage to help my back muscles as they get quite tight and very uncomfortable.
This challenge is something I am doing for my 30th Birthday. I want to give back to these charities. The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund was partly founded by one of the Surgeons who is responsible for saving my life. I want to raise awareness for this fabulous charity based in the Leeds General Infirmary. They offer support to families and their children as they go through the journey from diagnosis of a heart condition right the way through all of their follow up appointments. They are there to support staff to support their patients to make their stay in hospital as good as it can be. They provide a place to stay for parents who’s child is poorly. They offer emotional support. This charity is truly wonderful and does so much to help the patients at the LGI.
I am supporting The British Heart Foundation because they are working to Beat Heartbreak Forever. They are funding research into areas such as Circulatory Disease and Vascular Dementia. Their 750 stores go along way to help sell your old items and maybe they could be where you pick up your next outfit?
If you want to see Heart and Circulatory Disease in Context then click here. These numbers will show you why I am doing my bit to help raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
I will be posting more about my fundraising as we go into the next few months. It might not be disability related directly, but as I mentioned previously my Disabilities could have been caused by my Congenital heart Disease.
If you can spare £5 thats £2.50 to each charity you will be doing something wonderful. Thank you very much.