Thursday, 31 March 2016

Why I'm Running The Pretty Muddy 5K

Hey lovelies,

I just logged onto my blog to see that I had 24 different blog posts all half-finished and waiting to be published, but instead of simply finishing one of these I wanted to talk about something that I think is quite important.

In May of this year I’m going to be running the Pretty Muddy 5K for Cancer Research. Whilst a 5K walk might not seem like much of a challenge, after all it is only 3 miles, the obstacles that need climbing over, crawling under and pushing through make it all that more tough. But what’s even more tough to think about, is the fact that women from all over the country are getting together to get through these obstacles in the hopes that they can raise money in memory of their loved ones.

Cancer is something that affects everyone. There are currently 2.5 million people in the UK that have been diagnosed, and by the end of the year it is estimated that more than a thousand people will be diagnosed every day. Over 50% of people diagnosed survive, and it is predicted that by 2030 the number of people surviving more than 5 years after diagnosis will more than double. The outlook is good, but with our help, it could be even better. (Statistics from Macmillan Cancer Support)

I’ve known friends, family members and colleagues who have been diagnosed, and luckily many of them won their battles, but unfortunately there were also a few who didn’t.

I’m not only running for them, I’m running for hope too. Hope that one day we will find a cure, and no one will lose their battle. Hope that families won’t be torn apart, and that people can live their lives surrounded by their loved ones, instead of their memories.

Research into cancer prevention and cancer treatments are progressing daily, but without funding, these new technologies take longer to develop, and the cure is just that bit further away. I’m not writing this post to get you to sponsor me, I’m writing this post in the hopes that it might inspire even one of you to do something to help. Whether that be donating money to a charity, whether it be donating old clothes to a charity shop, or giving your time volunteering at an event. It can be something as simple as saving the stamps you get on your letters and sending them to a charity such as Macmillan.

Every little bit helps, even if all you can give is your time.

If you want to see how my team is getting on, or if you want to start your own JustGiving page to raise money for one of your favourite charities just follow the link below

I'd love to hear about any fundraising activities you've done, and together we can support our favourite charities and hopefully make a difference to people who really need it.

As always, all my love, Amylou x

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