She fell over!!!!
I fell over 🤪
Today was my 1st proper training hike in practice for the Cumbrian Challenge and it was only 6 miles but seeing as I haven’t done anything except walk to and from my car these past couple of years, I am actually quite pleased with myself.
We see some stunning scenery, beautiful hills, fabulous waterfalls and a whole bunch of mud 😂
I started off with my hiking boots, but after about 2 miles they started to rub so I switched to my trainers...which was probably why I slipped down the bank and landed in the mud pool. This wasn’t my finest moment as I ended up grabbing the barbed wire to steady my fall 😳 ouchy. Fortunately I just have a little scratch, but I still feel a little sympathy was required, but Alan just roared with laughter instead 😡
So anyway I survived hike number 1 and actually really enjoyed myself. I guess now though I better step things up a little bit more and start adding some inclines eak 😳
If you would like to show your support by sparing a few pennies then that would be hugely appreciated ❤️🥰❤️
Thank you 😘
UPDATE: I guess now the training needs to begin...
Well now Ive launched my fund raising page, I guess the training has to begin. My biggest treck of the day is usualy back and forth to the car when driving to and from work...so I think I am going to have to raise my game.
Yesterday I started by walking at lunch time...I managed 30 minutes yesterday around Westlakes Science Park, and then again another 30 minutes today woohoo! I also only had 1 pancake this evening (Shrove Tuesday), so it would be fair to say, so far I am taking this seriously :)
Keep up the great work Sarah :)
Are you able to help me to make a real difference?
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step…
My bobble hat in my profile photo may give the impression that I am someone who 'frequently' hikes, however this photo was taken over 3 years ago and I have barely hiked 5 yards since then…
Whilst taking part in the Cumbrian Challenge may feel like 'a journey of a thousand miles' to me and like it's going to be somewhat of a challenge, in truth this really pales into insignificance when you compare it to many of the daily challenges faced by our Veterans who have served in the British Army.
Through a chance conversation with my colleague Jackie from VGC and Allan Day at BAE Systems, I was truly inspired to hear about the great work undertaken by the Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) organisation, so much so that I somehow talked myself into taking that 'single step' and joining a team to take part in the Cumbrian Challenge - a 'big old day hauling ourselves around the hills (I prefer to call them mountains) in Grasmere in the Lake District, alongside teams of Veterans who are getting their lives back on track thanks to the support of Walking With The Wounded.
About Walking With The Wounded and why I want to help.
Established in 2010, Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) supports a pathway for vulnerable veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence. At the heart of this journey is employment.
WWTW recognise the inherent skills of our armed service personnel and want to complement these qualities, as well as provide support to transfer their skills into the civilian workplace. Offering assistance through programmes to those vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service and providing assistance in sustaining their independence through new sustainable careers outside of the military.
As the Social Enterprise Manager for all Together Cumbria (ATC) I am extremely passionate about our organisations vision 'To work in partnership with industry and the community to provide greater equity and opportunity for people living & working in Cumbria', which aligns perfectly to WWTW. At ATC we believe that through facilitating mutually beneficial Industry partnerships with organisations such as Walking With The Wounded, that together we can really make a difference that actually change lives.
Having the opportunity to meet personally with many of the inspirational men and women from WWTW and take part with them in the Cumbrian Challenge, will not only be a fantastic way to raise money to enable their great work to continue, but it will also give me a greater insight into the many struggles faced by our Veterans. This will enable me to determine how ATC can provide greater support in the future, and perhaps even help some of our Veterans back into employment.
We're the lucky ones with jobs, families, homes.
Most people leave the military without any issue, but for a small minority it isn't so easy.
Walking With The Wounded support the veterans who are struggling with their mental health, who are hard to reach, socially isolated, homeless, in police custody... men and women with little to look forward to but who want to get back into society and employment – which is at the heart of what WWTW do.
Are you able to help me?
I hope my ask of you is not to big…are you able to help me by donating a few pounds to such a fantastic cause and help me to reach my goal of raising £500?
My team target is £2K - every £675 raised can enable a veteran to access 1-2-1 private mental health therapy within an average of 4 days of referral. If my team can raise £2k this will mean that 3 Veterans can access these therapies, Imagine that…
Please dig deep, every penny, every pound truly makes a difference.
Thank you kindly in advance for your support, and on behalf of our team (Jackie @ VGC and Tracy @ ATC), it really is appreciated.
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