Last year when I completed the Moon Walk in London, I came away from the experience with very mixed feelings and also with a firm vow that I would never do it again! That feeling lasted a few months and I started to soften a little bit and then considered signing up for the same walk again this year. I’m guessing the pain you feel after the Moon Walk is similar to child-birth, the memory fades over time. One of my biggest challenges with the Moon Walk was walking through the night and the lack of sleep. I am not very good without a decent night’s sleep at the best of times, so I wanted to find a challenge that I could complete in the day time. Walking 22 miles for charity for a charity close to my heart seemed to be the fitting answer.
I am very lucky living on the south coast and we have the Jurassic Coast a few miles away. When I spotted the Jurassic Coast Mighty Hike raising money for Macmillan I knew it was the perfect challenge for me. We have visited various places along the Jurassic Coast in the past few years such as Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Last year when we went to Lulworth, we actually visited on the day the Mighty Hike was taking place and it was amazing to watch hundreds if not thousands of people passing us by along the cove.
It can’t be bad walking with these views now can it! Whilst I haven’t kept up my walking momentum since the Moon Walk last year, I am still going out frequently for short walks, putting my new walking boots through their paces. As the nights get lighter my distances will increase.
Everyone has a charity close to their heart and Macmillan is mine. When my Dad passed away in 2012, he was lucky enough to spend his last week in a Macmillan hospice. He hated being in hospital and wanted to have his final days at home, but the hospice was a great compromise. Despite knowing the undertones of what a hospice means, the whole building had a sense of calm about it. We were able to visit as and when we wanted for as long as we wanted. There was a garden with a fish pond, games room for the children, a fully equipped kitchen all to make patients and their families feel a little more at ease.
For us as a family it meant the grandchildren could visit their Pops without having to worry about the sterile environment of a hospital ward, and bring stuck to rigid visiting times and restrictions of people around the bed. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and whilst we didn’t realise it at the time, they always knew how to treat the families going through their differing stages of loss.
I always said I would pay back when I was ready to do so, and 2017 is the year that I get to say Thank You to Macmillan as I walk 22 miles across some beautiful countryside raising money for such a great cause.
If you would like to check out my progress and story, I have set up a Just Giving account. I’ll be updating my blog with how I’m getting on with my walking progress, distances I am achieving and what walking equipment I am finding useful. When I walked the Moon Walk I found these socks invaluable for stopping blisters.