So I'm turning 40 this year and trying to do some things I've always wanted to do.
Recently I attended a Kids Out Charity Ball, which was so moving I made sure I donated on the night. By the time I'd finished the bottle of red I was waving my hand up in the air committing to run a half marathon to raise funds, convincing myself and telling everyone it could be one of the 'new things I do before turning 40!!'. The next day the reality (hangover) hit and I've been panicking ever since!!
I've been training though and am now confident enough to set up my fund raising page and ask my friends and family to support me in my 'first', but also support Kids Out and the amazing charity work that they do.
Did you know that each year over 20,000 children flee domestic abuse to seek sanctuary in refuge. They typically leave home with only the clothes they are wearing and have often experienced physical, emotional and even sexual abuse - they arrive at the refuge with nothing. When I listened to the story of one of the mother's who had left an abusive relationship, I couldn't help but imagine my own children and how I would feel if they'd never received a gift, never had a brand new toy or never even walked on a beach. Kids Out works to remind those children and thousands of others living with disadvantages what it is like to be children and just have fun.
So please help make a difference to these kids and selfishly me complete my first half marathon!!